It’s that time of the year again. Pair family and friends with a combination of good food and thankfulness, and you have yourself a good time. Thanksgiving is a holiday that can bring much joy, but it is important not to let down your safety guard as a driver and party goer. Here we focus on how you and your family can stay safe in three important parts of the Thanksgiving holiday.
Be an Alert Driver
Roads during the third and fourth weeks of November are typically filled with travelers going to and from different cities and states across the country to meet their loved ones. While the majority of drivers perform well, there are others that place themselves and others in danger by driving in a dangerous manner, such as speeding, texting while driving, and driving while intoxicated. It is important for drivers to be alert at all times so that they and their passengers can safely arrive at their next destination. This includes putting their phone down while they drive, not driving drowsy, and watching out for other drivers.
Driving is a two-fold responsibility: other drivers have the responsibility of driving safe so that you are safe, and you as a driver have the responsibility of being safe for others.
The Night of Thanksgiving
Although there are relatively fewer cars on the road on Thanksgiving due to a variety of reasons (e.g. many stores and restaurants are closed), people, regardless if they are driving or not, should be on the lookout for intoxicated drivers in the evening. Even though there are better options than choosing to drive after consuming an unsafe amount of alcohol (over a 0.08% blood alcohol concentration level), the reality is that not all drivers take the decision to do so. For this reason, it is important to stay clear of unusual and suspicious driving behavior from other drivers, such as swerving in and out of their lane, taking more time to proceed after a traffic light has turned from red to green, and going in inexplicable speeds.
Similar to the previous section, people must be cautious of others, yet be safe for others as well.
What comes after Thanksgiving and is filled with great deals, long lines, and a rush to get it all? The answer: Black Friday. While people are very eager to wait for hours to get a good deal on electronics and clothes, sometimes these rushes cause people to get hurt. In the midst of getting a good deal, it is important for you to keep your family safe from stampedes and aggressive customers.
What Else Should I Look Out For?
If you haven’t already seen it in our previous section, it is important for people to be watchful for others and for people to be safe for others. This ensures that everyone who is on the road has a safe time during the holiday season. It is also important to trust your instincts. If you are suspicious of something, such as dangerous driving behavior, you should do your best to get to safety. This might mean getting out of the dangerous vehicle’s way and under no circumstances driving if you have consumed too much alcohol. Thanksgiving is a time where people get together to give thanks for each other and to have a great time together. Don’t let the lack of safety turn a time of fellowship into a time of pain.