A hallmark of Thanksgiving is traveling to be with family and friends, but whether it involves a short drive or a long road trip, the same risks apply. According to Deborah A.P. Hersman, NSC president and CEO, sensible precautions can make the difference between a safe visit home or an unwelcome trip to the emergency room.
NSC recommends the following tips to stay safe on the roads this Thanksgiving weekend:
- Buckle up every trip, every time – even when traveling short distances
- Refrain from all electronic device use – including hands-free – behind the wheel
- Secure children in size-appropriate restraints
- Do not drink and drive as impairment begins with the first drink – if you drink, designate a sober driver or take alternate transportation
- Plan ahead and drive defensively, especially during bad weather
The Thanksgiving holiday period begins at 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 25, and ends at 11:59 p.m., Sunday, November 29. Find more seasonal safety tips at nsc.org.