AAA estimates 53.4 million people will travel more than 50 miles from home for Thanksgiving this year. According to the association, this represents a 13% increase over 2020, bringing Thanksgiving travel within 5% of pre-pandemic levels.
Although there will be fewer people traveling this year than in 2019, AAA suggests that 90% of Thanksgiving travel will occur via passenger vehicles such as cars, trucks, and SUVs. This means more than 48 million people can be expected on U.S. roadways during the Thanksgiving travel period, which runs from the Wednesday before the holiday through the Sunday after.
If you plan on traveling this Thanksgiving, you must take steps to prevent causing an accident. Remember, travel along some of our major roadways, such as I-24, can be sluggish during the best of times. With increased traffic, it is a good idea to set out a bit early in anticipation of delays, allowing yourself to adjust to the flow of traffic and keep yourself and your passengers safe.
When in traffic, allow for a larger gap between your vehicle and the one in front of you than you might otherwise. Two to three car lengths is typically a good goal when driving in holiday traffic. Obey traffic signs and signals, be patient and courteous, and bear in mind that everyone on the road is trying to get to those they love and celebrate this cherished holiday.
Drive sober and pay attention to the road. Distraction and intoxication remain the leading causes of accidents. Avoiding both will help further protect you and your loved ones, along with everyone else on the road. And while inclement weather is unlikely during this travel period, it’s a good idea to give your brakes, tires, and signals a once-over before you head on longer journeys. This can help ensure your car is in peak working condition before you set out on the road.
If you are injured while traveling to your destination this Thanksgiving, Herbert Thornbury Esquire is here to help. Call our Chattanooga office at 423-265-1100 to schedule a free case review and learn more about your rights.