Thanksgiving Travel Safety Tips
November 19, 2017
On their way to meet family and friends, over 50 million people are expected to travel over the Thanksgiving holiday this year, which extends from Wednesday, November 22nd through Sunday, November 26th. Whether it be by plane, train, or automobile, traveling during this holiday weekend can prove dangerous if you fail to take precautions.
For those traveling by car, a few simple steps in pre-planning your journey can significantly reduce your risk of getting into a car accident this Thanksgiving. Drivers should check that all brake, oil, and transmission fluids are filled, headlights and taillights are in working order, and that tires are in good condition and properly inflated. A first aide and emergency kit should be carried in the trunk and contain non-perishable food items, water, a blanket, band aids, antibiotic cream, alcohol wipes, and emergency road flares.
Drivers need to check out the weather and traffic reports on their expected route and adjust their trip to avoid inclement weather and high traffic areas. It is best to avoid traveling at night as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that most car accidents occur after 6:00 p.m. and before 5:00 a.m. when it is dark and often hard to see. The risk of encountering a drunk driver also increases after 6:00 p.m. Drivers need to be vigilant to ensure that they and all their passengers wear their seatbelts.
According to the NHTSA, there were close to 800 fatal car accidents and almost 50,000 serious car accidents over the Thanksgiving weekend in 2015. To reduce this number of fatalities, the NHTSA is working in collaboration with state and local law enforcement in a Thanksgiving “Click It or Ticket” campaign. Nearly 44 percent of people fatally injured in car accidents are not wearing their seat belts. With Thanksgiving weekend being the busiest travel time of the year, safety officials are anxious to get the message out that seat belts save lives.
Plane and Train Travel
If you will be traveling by plane or train, plan to arrive at your departure destination with ample time to spare as unexpected delays are common during this holiday weekend. Busy airports and train stations are filled with people who may be harboring cold and flu germs. Take precaution by carrying hand sanitizer and antibacterial wipes, and use them often to cut down on germs you are exposed to in these environments.
Avoid touching your face with your hands since the most common transmission of germs into the body is through the eyes, nose, and mouth. If you need to cough, sneeze, scratch, or eat, be sure to use your sleeve, a napkin or tissue, or utensils to avoid direct contact between your hands and face. Never share eating utensils or personal care items, and be sure to drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration, blood clots, and fatigue. With just a few simple safety precautions, you can ensure that your Thanksgiving holiday will be spent counting your blessings with those you hold most dear.
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