Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers: Travel Tips for ThanksgivingNovember 22, 2016
Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel days of the year, if not the busiest. This year, it is estimated that over 42 million people will be traveling at least 50 miles to be with family and friends, which means that traffic will be unusually heavy. And if you live on the east coast, the weather can be unpredictable, making the holiday commute even more stressful. However, with some planning and following some simple safety precautions, you can arrive to your destination safely without any personal injuries.
While we cannot control certain things like the weather and other cars speeding, there are a number of things that are within our control that can make the trip as safe as possible, including the following:
- Make sure that your vehicle has been serviced and that everything is functioning properly, including the engine, brakes, and transmission. Ensure your heater is working, and that you have enough antifreeze and wiper fluids. Keep your gas tank above half full to avoid freezing fuel lines.
- Before leaving the house, check weather reports for your location, as well as where you are traveling. Avoid driving in inclement weather unless absolutely necessary.
- Keep a first aid kit and other emergency supplies in the car. Items you should have on hand include:
- Jumper cables
- Flashlights with new batteries
- Basic toolkit that includes a pliers, wrench, and screwdriver
- Ice scraper
- Blankets or sleeping bags
- Cell phone and car charger
- Water and non-perishable food in case you become stuck
- Plan your route before you get on the road, even if you are using a GPS, to reduce the risk of driving distracted. Unexpected lane changes, detours, and road closures can come up unexpectedly.
- Make sure you are well rested before you start your trip to avoid the risk of drowsy driving.
- Observe the speed limits.
- Do not drive if you have had too much to drink to prevent the risk of a drunk driving car accident.
- If you are driving home late at night, share the driving responsibilities if possible and make frequent stops to stay alert.
Most Thanksgiving traveling occurs on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving Day, and the Sunday after the holiday is also very heavily traveled. Therefore, allow plenty of extra travel time and expect to sit in traffic. Fortunately, the price of gas has remained low, so the cost of road travel does not cost what it once did.
Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Help Victims Injured in Car Accidents
If you or a loved one is seriously injured in a car accident over the Thanksgiving holiday, you are urged to contact the Baltimore car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton as soon as possible. We will guide you through every step of the claims process in order to secure the maximum financial compensation for your injuries. To schedule a free consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
Our offices are located in Baltimore, Columbia, Glen Burnie, and Towson, allowing us to represent victims of medical malpractice throughout Maryland, including those in Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Harford County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Maryland’s Western Counties, Southern Maryland, and the Eastern Shore, as well as the communities of Catonsville, Essex, Halethorpe, Middle River, Rosedale, Gwynn Oak, Brooklandville, Dundalk, Pikesville, Parkville, Nottingham, Windsor Mill, Lutherville, Timonium, Sparrows Point, Ridgewood, and Elkridge.