If you’re one of the millions of American’s headed out on the road this Thanksgiving, you’re in good company. With the high volume of cars on the road, the potential for accidents may increase. ABRA Auto Body & Glass shares these reminders to help you stay safe this holiday.

 

Eyes on the Road

With many passengers in your car and the surrounding energy, it can be easy to become distracted. Avoid conversations which may excite you and save the debates for when you arrive. If using GPS or tuning the dial, ask a passenger to assist so you can keep your eyes on the road. Remember it only takes a second for an accident to occur.

 

Don’t Drive While Tired

Overindulging on turkey, potatoes, or your aunt’s favorite recipe goes with the holiday, but can be dangerous if you plan to drive. Large meals can make you drowsy so before heading out on the road, make sure you can remain alert for your entire planned travel time. If you have concerns, take a nap, find an alternate driver, or plan to stay the night.

 

Avoid Peak Travel Times

As roadways become congested the risk of collisions can increase. Minimize your time spent in bumper to bumper traffic by planning to leave early or on non-peak travel days. The USA Today reports the heaviest congestion is expected on Wednesday after three p.m. and Saturday after four.

 

Prepare for Inclement Weather

If you live in a state where temperatures dip below freezing, be prepared for the elements with warm clothing in your car. Despite your best efforts, sometimes a breakdown or collision may occur, leaving you on the side of the road for a period of time. Extra clothing can keep you warm and safe from the elements while you wait for assistance to arrive.