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Here at Kaplan Lawyers PC, we want to wish everyone a warm, happy and –most importantly- a safe Thanksgiving this year. Thanksgiving is a time when families join together to enjoy both home cooking and each other’s company. Unfortunately, Thanksgiving and the ensuing weekend is one of the most dangerous times for automobile accidents. Perhaps due to the overindulgent nature of the holiday, where some consume more food and alcohol than they’re accustomed to, or because it is precisely this time of year that poor road conditions first begin to rear their icy head, Thanksgiving is one of the most treacherous times to be on the road. At Kaplan Lawyers PC, we want everyone to have an accident free holiday, so we’ve provided some important driving tips that can help ensure your safety.

How to Stay Safe

According to the most recent data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Thanksgiving Day was the most deadly holiday for motorists in 2010, outpacing Christmas, the Fourth of July, and other hazard-prone dates.

Here are some safety tips to keep in mind:

  • Seat Belts!: Seat belts are a great place to start. According to the CDC, seat belts can reduce crash-related injuries by half. The fact that many Americans are resistant to the idea of wearing their seat belt is puzzling to experts. If you could double your chances of walking away from an accident unharmed, for the simple cost of clicking your seat belt, why wouldn’t you? Despite police attempts to enforce the wearing of seat belts, many still “forget” to buckle up. Don’t be one of these people. Always wear your seat belt, and make sure your children do too.
  • Know Your Limits: Often, the effect of alcohol may feel less intense when coupled with large amounts of food. Do not get behind the wheel of a vehicle if you’ve had too much to drink. If you’re unsure, err on the side of not driving. As always, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Never is that more important than when it comes to drunk driving.
  • Combatting Icy Conditions: If the roads you are driving on are icy, remember to take it slow. Also, take it easy on the brakes. Driving cautiously like this will reduce the likelihood of your vehicle going into a spin. However, it’s not enough to just drive carefully yourself. You must also remain alert of other vehicles on the road. Since ice increases the amount of time you’ll need to bring your car to a stop, it’s best to provide ample distance between yourself and other vehicles.