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Staying Safe During Thanksgiving Road Travel

Thanksgiving is one of the most traveled times of the year. In 2019, more than 50 million people across the country took a trip by car during the Thanksgiving holiday, and this year’s travel forecast is not expected to be much different.

With many more cars on the road during this time, car accidents are an unfortunate reality. But with the right planning and safety precautions taken, you can help ensure that you and your family make it to your destination safely.

Prepare Your Vehicle for Long-Distance Travel

Breaking down in the middle of the road is more than just an annoyance—it’s a safety hazard. Safe traveling begins before you even get on the road. Make sure to keep up with your regular maintenance schedule, such as oil changes, so that your vehicle functions as it should. Check your car’s other fluid levels to ensure that it is properly lubricated. Other areas to check before heading out include:

  • Tires
  • Windshield wipers
  • Coolant system
  • Radiator
  • Battery
  • Brakes
  • Lights

Adjust to Adverse Weather Conditions

Colorado gets a wide range of weather conditions, and ice, rain, snow, and hail are common during this time of year. Adverse weather can make it more difficult to drive safely and increases the chance of car accidents, so it’s important that you adjust your driving habits as needed on the road. Some ways that you can stay safe while driving in bad weather include:

  • Reducing your speed
  • Increasing your following distance
  • Avoid hard braking
  • If possible, avoid driving at night
  • Know how to handle a skid
  • Use your headlights

Leave Early and Plan Ahead

There’s almost certainly going to be more traffic and congested roads during the Thanksgiving travel period, which can lead to driver frustrated and road rage. Leave yourself plenty of time to get to your destination so you aren’t rushing or speeding when it’s unsafe to do so. If you are unfamiliar with the route you are taking, make sure to put the directions into your GPS before getting on the road so you are not fumbling with your phone while driving.

We know that this year has not been easy for many of us. While full of challenges and difficulties, all of us at Klein Frank want to express our deepest gratitude to those who have continued to provide needed services to our local communities during the ongoing pandemic.

Our team is honored to be a part of such an inspiring, dedicated local community here in Colorado, so a big thank you to you all. May you have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday this year.

For more information on the services we offer here at Klein Frank, contact our Boulder personal injury firm at (303) 448-8884 or fill out our online contact form and a member of our team will get back to you as soon as possible.

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