Thanksgiving Holiday Travel Safety Tips

Each year millions of people travel across the nation to gather together with loved ones to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, the Thanksgiving and Christmas/New Year’s holiday periods are among the busiest travel periods during the year. Thanksgiving is a wonderful time for creating lasting memories with family and friends. Since this time of year is a very popular traveling time, with the increase of travel on the road, there is also a potential for an increase in the number of motor vehicle accidents. The Department of Safety and Motor Vehicles is committed to safety first and promotes the slogan, “Arrive Alive.” This holiday season the attorneys and staff at Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice and Purtz would like to share the following Thanksgiving holiday safety tips to help keep you and your family safe should you travel this holiday season.

  • Stay Rested & Be Alert – Holidays can be busy and stressful which can disrupt your normal sleep schedule. Drowsy driving is the cause of many car accidents each year. Make sure you are well rested and alert while traveling. If you should become drowsy, take frequent breaks or change drivers. Never drive drowsy.
  • Follow All Traffic Signs – Follow speed limit signs, traffic signals and other road signage. Being alert and following the rules of the road can help prevent accidents from occurring.
  • Buckle Up – Seatbelts save lives. Florida law requires all drivers, front seat passengers and occupants under the age of 18 to wear appropriate safety restraints.
  • Don’t Drink and Drive – Drinking and driving is against the law. If you are planning to drink during the holidays always make sure you have a designated driver or call for a taxi or Uber service.
  • Avoid Distractions – Distracted driving includes things such as talking on the phone or texting, eating, and even talking with passengers in the vehicle. Driving needs your undivided attention. Stay focused. Keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the steering wheel.

Auto Accident Attorney

As careful and as safe as you may be with your driving, the unfortunate truth is, auto accidents still happen. If you or someone you know has suffered injuries due to the negligence of another driver, seek the advice of an experienced personal injury attorney. The attorneys at Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice and Purtz have over 50 years of experience with personal injury cases. We have six offices in Southwest Florida. Our offices are conveniently located in Fort Myers (to offices to serve you), Cape Coral, Naples, Lehigh and Port Charlotte. Call us today to set up an appointment for a free consultation.