Every year, the holiday season begins with Thanksgiving kicking off the most congested stretch of traffic on roadways in Washington State and all throughout the US. If you are traveling any time between Thanksgiving and New Years, you should expect your normal routes about town to be jammed with bumper-to-bumper traffic as holiday shoppers and revelers hit the roads in search of bargain deals and festive parties.
Unfortunately, Thanksgiving is also one of the most dangerous times to travel during the year. It logically follows that more cars on the roads means more car accidents. Factor in the additional holiday cider and eggnog drinking people tend to do during this two-month stretch and you have a real recipe for disaster.
If you follow the tips below, however, not only will you help make your Thanksgiving safer, you’ll make it far more stress-free.
Avoid Thanksgiving Conversations
Regardless of how tempted you may be to jump headlong into a deep conversation with relatives and friends visiting for Thanksgiving, you’d be wise to keep your attention focused on driving and not on the people riding along with you. According to the Washington State Department of Transportation, one of the biggest causes of distracted driving is other passengers in the vehicle. So, if you find yourself ferrying your out-of-town uncle to and fro, maybe just ignore his noxious political opinions and keep your eyes where they belong: on the road.
Planning Ahead is the Best Plan
When it comes to Thanksgiving and the following weekend, few people are surprised to find their usual routes around town clogged with holiday traffic. To avoid getting stuck in such standstill traffic, download and use one of the many navigation apps available these days. These apps will help you find alternate routes that won’t leave you trapped in bumper-to-bumper traffic.
Another great way to be prepared is to do a maintenance check on your car before hitting the road. Checking your oil, headlights, the pressure in your tire, and your brake fluid and antifreeze levels will help keep your car from suddenly breaking down. The last thing you want this holiday season is to miss Thanksgiving dinner because you were stuck on the side of the road out in the cold winter weather.
The Spirit of Thanksgiving Eve
With few people required to work on Thanksgiving, the night before is a fantastic excuse to hit the bar scene with your relatives and friends from out of town. In fact, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving has become such a popular night out that it’s now colloquially known as Thanksgiving Eve. Be sure to keep this in mind if you need to rush out to the local market to pick up extra pumpkin pie or a can of cranberry sauce at the last minute. Nobody wants to get into an accident with a drunk driver the night before Thanksgiving. And if you’re out drinking on Thanksgiving Eve, do everyone a favor and call a rideshare to get home. Trust us. The emergency room is the last place you’ll want to spend the holidays.
Texting While Driving is Dangerous
Even more so than other passengers, cellphones are one of the biggest causes of distracted driving. And with so many more people using smartphones year after year, distracted driving accident will only rise in Seattle, Tacoma and the rest of Washington State.
Fortunately, the majority of cellphones now deploy safety protocols to prevent people from using their phones when they drive. In order to prevent yourself from being distracted on the road, make sure the safety measures on your phone have been activated. No text is worth risking your life over.
The Tryptophan Trap
More so than any other meal, Thanksgiving dinner has a way of leaving the most hyperactive people in a bit of a coma. Not only does turkey have tryptophan in it, a chemical known for drowsy symptoms, most people like to spend Thanksgiving overeating. These two reasons are why car accidents caused by people who fell asleep while driving tend to spike during the Thanksgiving holiday. So, as you travel about this holiday, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for any vehicles being steered by snoozing drivers.
Washington Car Accident Lawyer
If you’ve been hurt in a holiday car accident through no fault of your own, you will need an Advocate heading up your legal team. Our attorneys know better than any other law firm how to help you recover what you are due according to Washington State law. After you hire an Advocate to represent your car accident claim, you won’t have to deal with the inevitable stress that comes during the aftermath of a car crash. The Advocates will take care of everything for you. You can either call our office at (206) 452-4200 or chat online with a live attorney immediately from our homepage.
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