Updated: Feb 26, 2020
With one of the highest years for people traveling for the holidays, it is easy to get caught up in all of the Holiday festivities and rush to get to where you need to go. Here are some important travel safety tips for not just truck drivers, but anyone traveling this Thanksgiving season.
Pay Attention to the Numbers
AAA is estimating this Thanksgiving holiday, 49.3 million travelers will hit the road to visit family and friends. The most since 2005, and an increase of 2.8% from last year.
Remember, You’re Not the Only One On the Road
Patience and slow speed are some of the best advice experts can give to drivers during the holiday season. While many drivers are trying to get to their family and friend’s houses to celebrate Thanksgiving, truck drivers are working to make sure everyone can have their last-minute shopping items for their feasts.
Always be aware of semis blind spots when driving behind or next to them. Some advice, a semis blind spot on the left side is much smaller, so use that side.
The average gas prices are projected to be around the same, if not cheaper, than last year’s holiday. The lower gas prices could make motorists more inclined to travel further or go on a road trip they normally would not take, causing traffic to be more congested.
You’re going to want to keep reading our next tip if you are one of those motorists, it might help with planning your travel.
Have a Plan
Experts advise that 3-5 p.m. the Wednesday before Thanksgiving is the worst time to travel.
So, if you can leave earlier than that timeframe, or have an alternate route that will help alleviate some travel headaches to start your holiday off right.
Navigating Black Friday
Getting those holiday deals are great, but they are not worth injuring others. Insurance claims for car accidents spike during the holiday seasons, especially in parking lots. Even if drivers are going slow in a parking lot, hitting something or someone will always do damage. People can get flustered and feel rushed to get to the next big deal. Be a considerate driver, slow down, limit your distractions, and be especially aware of pedestrians.
Enjoy yourself, Be Thankful
With all of the meal prepping, planning, travel, shopping, people can lose sight of the important things during the holidays—spending time with loved ones. So make sure to drive safely, plan your route ahead of time, and get to the end destination safely. Happy Holidays!