This Thanksgiving holiday weekend is going to be a little more crowded than others -- both on our roadways and in the skies.
According to the California State Automobile Association, there are going to be close to 5.5 Californians who are going to travel 50 miles or more away from their home over the long holiday weekend. That's a near 1 percent increase from last year.
During this time, our Costa Mesa car accident attorneys are asking drivers to keep safety first. Thanksgiving is one of the most dangerous holidays to be out on our roadways. It serves up a long weekend for residents to hit the road and visit with friends and family for this joyous and thankful holiday. With more vehicles on our roadways, you better believe the risks for accidents are much higher.
Of the near 5.5 million residents who will be traveling over the holiday break, more than 4.7 million of them will be getting around on our roadways. Less than 550,000 will be flying the blue skies. Officials believe that many more are hitting the road this year because gas prices are finally dropping. The average distance that residents will be traveling over this time is nearly 900 miles, according to the Union City Patch.
"Caution is the best gift motorists can give to themselves and to highway workers this holiday season," said Caltrans Director Will Kempton.
In 2004, there were more than 55 who were people killed along our state's roadways over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Of those who were killed in traffic accidents, close to 40 of them were not wearing their seat belt at the time of the accident.
Drivers are asked to be cautious and prepared out there! Consider following these safe driving tips from the California Department of Motor Vehicles.
Safe Driving Tips:
-Make sure you allow yourself with plenty of time to get to your holiday destination. Leave early to avoid rushing!
-Avoid cutting off other drivers.
-Check road, weather and traffic conditions before heading out.
-Remember that the left lane is the fast lane. If you're driving slower -- stay out of it.
-Avoid tailgating other vehicles. You need space and time to react to road dangers.
-Use your car's horn only in emergencies.
-Check your car before heading out. Check the fluids under the hood and check the tire pressure.
-Make sure you get a good night's rest before your road trip.
-Plan your drive during hours when your body would normally be awake. This helps to eliminate risks of drowsy driving.
-Keep distractions out of the driver's seat. Let passengers deal with phone calls and with text messages.
-Adjust your driving to accommodate weather and traffic conditions. Slow it down in shoddy conditions.
-Avoid driving a poorly-maintained or malfunctioning vehicle.
-Make sure you fill up the gas tank before heading out.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, contact HOWARD LAW P.C. for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights. Call (800) 872-5925.
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