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Stay safe while on the road

Thanksgiving driving tips

With many of us hitting the highways to join friends and family for Thanksgiving, it’s important to make sure you’re ready for the drive. 

Did you know that most crashes occur in November, especially on Thanksgiving Day? 

It’s also deer mating, or rut season, when deer tend to be particularly active. In addition, deer tend to widen their foraging range as they build up their fat reserves for the winter. And, they often migrate from one foraging range to another during the early winter, exposing themselves to risks, like highways, with which they might not be very familiar. 

The most important thing to help keep you and your passengers safe: Be an alert driver. 

The Automobile Association of America (AAA) has these tips for safe holiday travel:  

  • Ensure your vehicle is properly maintained. If maintenance is not up to date, have your car and tires inspected before you take a long drive.
  • Map your route in advance and be prepared for busy roads during the most popular times of the year. If possible, consider leaving earlier or later to avoid heavy traffic.
  • Keep anything of value in the trunk or covered storage area.
  • If you’re traveling with children, remind them not to talk to strangers. Go with them on bathroom breaks and give them whistles to be used only if the family gets separated.
  • Have roadside assistance contact information on hand, in case an incident occurs on the road.
  • In case of an emergency, keep a cell phone and charger with you at all times. AAA and many other companies offer smartphone applications that enable motorists to request help without making a phone call.