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Driving Safely During the Thanksgiving Holiday

By Lependorf & Silverstein on November 22, 2012

This Thanksgiving, it is important to drive safely and to keep your eye out for erratic drivers. Especially during the Thanksgiving holiday, when many take long road trips to be with family, it is important to look out for drunk drivers and motorists who may be driving while drowsy, distracted, or fatigued. Here are a few tips to help keep you and your family safe during the holidays.

In case you come upon traffic congestion or inclement weather, assign a navigator and plan alternative routes before you leave. No one should drive while looking at a navigation system such as a GPS or a map. It is also important that you fill up your tank, monitor your fluid levels, and check your tire pressure before hitting the road.

If you are traveling long distances, schedule regular stops every couple of hours. Take the time to stretch before getting back on the roadway. The National Sleep Foundation recommends getting between seven and nine hours of sleep before you begin a long road trip. It is also important to not only remember not to drink and drive, but to watch out for drivers who may be operating erratically. Never tailgate and always use your signal when turning or changing lanes. It may also be in your best interest to plan on driving on the Tuesday before and the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Wednesday through Friday is the busiest period for travel during Thanksgiving week.

The experienced NJ car accident lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. wish you and yours a safe and happy Thanksgiving. If you or a loved one is injured in a car accident, please call our offices at (609) 240-0040 to obtain more information about pursuing your legal rights.

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