Thanksgiving is hands down the busiest travel day of the year. AAA predicts the busiest time of the day to be between 2 and 6 pm. It's crazy out there on the roads any given day but add the fact that on average 37% of people travel on Thanksgiving and you've got a zoo! I was driving on the freeway last week when I saw a large SUV smash into another smaller car. The smaller car pulled over but the at-fault party took off and in mildly heavy traffic. I could hardly believe my eyes! I hear of situations like this all the time but seeing it first hand was striking. If you see someone hit someone and drive off please call California Highway Patrol at 1800.TELLCHIP. I hope none of you are ever in that position! Let's look out for each other when we are on the roads this Thanksgiving holiday! Here are some basics to remember this Thanksgiving holiday out on the roads!
PUT THE CELL PHONE AWAY
- The number one cause of any accident is distracted driving. It's not drunk drivers or speeding, it's distracted driving.
- The number of trucks I see dragging chains or pieces of equipment is astonishing! Watch out who you get behind! Chains, loose equipment, car parts they all can easily fly off of vehicles and they do! If a driver in front of you is dragging something change lanes immediately. If something were to fly off it would be extremely difficult to swerve around.
- Driver fatigue is serious! How well can we expect anyone to drive when they are having a hard time staying awake?
- Tailgating on the freeway is always a bad idea, proper response time is critical! Especially during the holiday, everyone is in a rush to get to where they need to be and traffic is heavy!
DON'T DRIVE UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL OR DRUGS
BE CAREFUL CHANGING LANES
- When changing lanes use your turn signal and always check your blind spot; being in a rush or recklessly changing lanes can easily lead to an accident.