Search Site
Menu

Safety Tips For Thanksgiving Travel

Thanksgiving is an excellent time of year to catch up with friends and family, kick back and relax over the extended weekend, overindulging in food and football. However, it is important to remember that Thanksgiving is one of the most heavily traveled times of the year. There are more cars on the road than usual, combined with the stress of the holiday season, which leads to more dangerous situations.

The National Safety Council yearly data shows that car crashes increase from the Wednesday before Thanksgiving thru Sunday. Car fatalities related to alcohol also increased significantly during that time. During the Thanksgiving season, being on the road has an increased risk of being involved in a crash than most other times of the year.

As traffic accidents and alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities increase during the Thanksgiving period, there are a few things you can do to stay safe if you are planning to hit the road this Thanksgiving season:

Do not rush. Have a game plan for your Thanksgiving travels. There will be more traffic than usual, so give yourself plenty of time to travel to your destination and do not stress out if you are running late. A significant factor in traffic accidents is stress due to feeling the pressure of a self-imposed schedule. Being late to an event is always better than being involved in a car accident because of road rage.

Plan to travel during the day. Alcohol-related crashes typically occur after a day of drinking and over-celebrating. There are more likely to be drunk drivers on the road in the evening hours than daytime. So, if possible, avoid the drunks and travel during daytime hours.

Plan an extended trip. The Thanksgiving timeframe for increased car accidents starts Wednesday afternoon and extends through Sunday. Wednesday night is typically a big party night for college kids returning home. You can reduce the risk of being involved in a car crash if you leave before Wednesday afternoon and head back home Monday or later.

Travel less distance. If you can choose between two sides of the family or multiple friends’ houses to celebrate Thanksgiving, the closest location will likely be the safer option. Less time on the road creates fewer opportunities for someone to cause an accident with your vehicle… plus you will have more time to spend with your loved ones.

Explore alternatives. Automobile-related accidents are the number one cause of death and injuries from transportation than any other way of travel in the United States. If the option is available to you, traveling by train, plane, or Metro is worth considering. All are safer modes of transportation, especially during this time of year.

Thanksgiving is the time of year to be grateful and appreciate what you have. Enjoy this time and unwind with your loved ones. If you need to travel, travel safely, and give yourself plenty of time.

Have a Great Thanksgiving from All of Us at Curcio Law!!

Our Attorneys
Client Reviews
  • google
    5.0/5.0

    By far the most stressful situation I have been in became the least stressful just because of the help and support i received from Justin at Curcio Law! Highly recommend!! Thank you again for all your help

    Read more

    Katherine Gomez

  • google
    5.0/5.0

    Justin met every expectation possible! He has a hard working team and provided a successful outcome. I highly recommend Curcio Law!

    Read more

    Teresa Hargrove

  • google
    5.0/5.0

    My experience with the Curcio Law Firm was what I had needed. My lawyer Mr. Rakin Hamad, Esq. was the best, Kudos to you !!! The law firm was very family orientated and listened to my cries as I went through the process of my personal injury case. ...

    Read more

    Paul Vaughan

  • google
    5.0/5.0

    Justin truly has your best interest at heart. He listened to my car accident situation and actually advised that I not hire a lawyer. He pointed out my case would be simply enough to proceed on my own, that I would take home more without involving a ...

    Read more

    Xiaoqi Li

  • google
    5.0/5.0

    Had the pleasure of having Tom and his team work on my case. Very professional and responsive when it came to any inquiries that I had regarding the case. It's reassuring to know that your lawyer is behind your back and believes in your case which I ...

    Read more

    Samuel L.

See all reviews
Awards & Memberships
  • Three best rated
Settlements & Verdicts
  • "$213,000.00 Jury Verdict, Auto Accident, Hand injury"

  • "$1,500,000.00, Auto Accident, Wrongful Death"

  • "$100,000.00, Auto Accident, Broken Leg"

  • "$493,000.00, Auto Accident, Brain injury, broken rib, facial lacerations"

  • "$190,000.00, Auto Accident, Brain injury"

Contact us

Quick Contact Form