Year over year, Thanksgiving ranks as the busiest travel day of the year. According to the U.S. Bureau of Transportation, long-distance road trips increase by more than 55% over the six-day Thanksgiving travel period. With many people traveling over the river and through the woods to surround themselves with delicious food, great company and a little holiday cheer, the risk of being involved in an automobile accident increases too.
Thankfully, there are some simple precautions one can take to ensure arrival to – and from – Thanksgiving festivities safe and sound.
The Wednesday before the Thanksgiving holiday is most often associated with alcohol consumption and socializing. There’s a good reason why: people traveling back to their hometowns for the main attraction use the day (and night) before as an opportunity to catch up with old friends. For many, that means dinner and a few drinks. Remember when consuming any alcohol, it’s important to plan ahead:
- Designate a sober driver before the first drink. Even a single drink impairs reaction time and cognitive function, both important skills when getting behind the wheel.
- Use public transportation, a taxi or a ride-sharing service like Lyft or Uber to get home safely. Lyft and Uber operate locally in York and Adams Counties.
- If a driver is behaving dangerously or erratically, contact local law enforcement.
- Always, always wear a seat belt.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that from 2012 to 2016, over 800 people died in an alcohol-impaired crash during the Thanksgiving holiday. An increase in alcohol consumption on Thanksgiving Day (and more drivers on the road) means increased risk while driving.
If watching football on Thanksgiving is a holiday tradition, do it from the safety of home, especially if alcohol is involved. For many people, traveling between the homes of family and friends over the course of the day is common. Take care to avoid overindulging and getting behind the wheel.
Ah, Black Friday. The rush to take advantage of those time-sensitive deals can put shoppers and drivers in potentially harmful situations. Insurance companies rank Black Friday as one of the worst days for parking lot fender benders. Drivers are often operating on little sleep and lots of adrenaline. Tempers can flare. Exercising caution around other drivers and getting adequate rest will help keep loved ones safe.
If you are injured in a car accident, reach out to the dedicated personal injury attorneys at Dale E. Anstine. Our team is proud to protect the injured across the Central Pennsylvania community, with offices in York and Gettysburg. Consultations are always free, we are available 24/7, and there’s no fee unless we win for you.