Since the mid 1600’s, Thanksgiving has been a day to feast with loved ones and to give thanks for the many blessings we have received. For some, being able to share this time with friends and family also requires that they travel far and wide to be able to gather around the holiday table. As a result, the days surrounding the Thanksgiving holiday are noted by the AAA as one of the busiest times for travelers. With 90 percent of travelers choosing to journey out by automobile, it’s important to remember that the roads will be busy. With the increase of drivers, there is also an increase in traffic accidents and putting safety first should be a top priority. With more than 43.6 million Americans planning to travel at least 50 miles from home, Consumer Reports has offered some traveling reminders to get you where you’re going safely:
- Be prepared. Bring supplies in the event of an accident or medical issue. Stock your car with an emergency kit—especially a flashlight, blanket, first-aid kit, and some basic tools. Also, bring water and extra snacks, just in case.
- Don’t be distracted. Cell phones and driving don’t mix, so if you need to send a message or make a call, hand your phone to a passenger or pull over. It’s not worth risking your life or others on the road.
- Kid prep. If you’re driving with kids, make sure you pack enough snacks, water, games, videos/DVDs, and music to keep them occupied during your journey.
- Traveling with pets. Be sure to secure your pets, either with harnesses and seat belts or by placing them in a crate. Animals can be a dangerous distraction when driving and physical threat in an accident, should they travel about the cabin or escape onto a busy motorway. Bring water, food, toys, leash, and clean-up supplies—you never know.
- Be patient. During busy travel times, expect to hit traffic. It may make sense to drive late at night or early in the morning to avoid the rush and ensure you get to your destination on time and with minimal stress. A GPS device with traffic information and an exit guide can help you navigate around congestion and help find desired pit stop locations.
We hope your travels are seamless, but in the event you need to reach us, know that we’re only a phone call away. Our flight coordinators, critical care medical staff, and aviation team are standing by 24/7, 365 days a year. Angel MedFlight wishes you and your loved ones a safe and happy Thanksgiving.
Information provided by Consumer Reports and AAA.