Thanksgiving is a time for celebration. But, it’s also a time when thousands of people take to the roads and freeways to be with friends and relatives. To be sure you have a safe Thanksgiving, keep in mind the following tips for good driving behavior:

  • Don’t drink and drive (have a designated driver if your celebration includes drinking wine and other alcoholic beverages)
  • Be courteous: Clogged roads and tipsy drivers are a bad combination for aggressive driving (ways to be courteous include: yield to the car on your right at intersections and allow cars entering the highway to merge into traffic)
  • Imagine yourself in the other driver’s shoes
  • Leave plenty of space between you and an aggressive driver
  • Don’t be an aggressive driver yourself
  • Avoid eye contact when you’re near an aggressive driver
  • Allow extra time to get to your destination (wherever you’re going, traffic is likely to be heavy and driving times may be longer)
  • Don’t try to squeeze through those yellow lights at intersections (driving through a yellow or red light can get you broadsided)
  • Don’t cut someone off
  • Let someone else’s bad driving roll off your back
  • Be a good defensive driver

It is also important to consider the weather. If it’s raining or snowing while you are driving, remember you need to:

  • Slow down
  • Drive more cautiously
  • Leave more space between you and the car in front of you to take extra time to stop
  • Don’t tailgate
  • Know what to do if your car starts to skid
  • Use chains if you are in the mountains and snow is deep
  • Be extra cautious when winds are excessively strong
  • Watch out driving through mountain passes where there can be more snow and wind

Thanksgiving is a holiday everyone enjoys. Good food, friends and family are all reasons to enjoy yourself. Don’t risk spoiling the day with an accident or even injuries caused by poor driving.

Berkowitz and Hanna LLC wishes you all a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving!