Alabama Department of Transportation publishes comprehensive reports on statewide crashes. As part of the available data, holiday collision rates are assessed. The data shows Thanksgiving is less dangerous than New Years, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day when it comes to auto accidents. However, there is still a substantial increase in fatalities over the Thanksgiving holiday period defined as Wednesday prior to Thanksgiving to Sunday after.
Because the risk of car accidents during Thanksgiving weekend is higher than on other days, drivers need to go the extra mile when it comes to being careful. There are lots of things drivers can do to try to avoid collisions on Thanksgiving, but these five key things can go a long way towards helping motorists avoid potentially deadly Thanksgiving accidents.
Top 5 Ways to Reduce Car Accident Risks During Thanksgiving
Five ways to reduce car accident risks during Thanksgiving weekend include:
- Pay careful attention: There is an increase in traffic on Thanksgiving because of people having holidays off and traveling long distances to see family and friends. Since there are more cars, there is a greater chance of collisions. You should drive assertively, paying careful attention to what other motorists are doing to try to avoid becoming involved in accidents due to the actions of others.
- Drive sober: More people driving drunk is one of the biggest reasons for the higher-than-normal number of auto accidents over Thanksgiving.
- Leave ample time: If you are traveling to see friends and family, or to get to special Black Friday events, you probably do not want to be late. Since the holidays are a busy time, you may find yourself rushing to arrive at your destination and may be tempted to speed. Avoid this issue by leaving a little early to get to your destination. This can be beneficial if you get caught up in Thanksgiving traffic too.
- Check the weather: You should try to plan your Thanksgiving travel for clear, sunny days when possible. If bad weather is predicted, make sure to accommodate by planning extra time to get to your destination so you can slow your speed.
- Avoid drowsy driving: Turkey is known to make you sleepy. If you are going to be driving home from a relatives house after Thanksgiving, make certain you are alert. If you find yourself dozing off, stop driving and take a rest. Don't risk getting into a drowsy driving collision, especially if you are traveling long distances and are much more likely to become fatigued along the way.
Of course, there are many situations where motorists do everything properly but still aren't able to stop an auto accident from happening. This can occur because other drivers are careless, among other reasons. If a motorist doesn't follow best practices for safety and causes a crash, that motorists should be held responsible.