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WSP to Drivers: Stay Safe This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is here. It’s hard to believe it, but it’s true. As a personal injury law firm, we must admit that, more often than not, this time of the year sees a spike in the number of crashes statewide.

As Washington drivers gear up to hit the road to spend some time with loved ones and friends this Thanksgiving week, they also put themselves in greater danger, mostly because a greater number of drivers is hitting the road at the same time.

In order to help our readers and clients to have safe and fun Thanksgiving with their families, we decided to look into some of the recommendations made by local law enforcement and share them with you.

In order to avoid crashes this time of the year, drivers must take their time to arrive at their destination. Due to the fact many drivers will be hitting the road at the same time, expect delays and plan ahead.

During the upcoming days, Washington State Patrol troopers will be focusing on drivers who seem impaired or who are aggressive. They will also be on the lookout for distracted drivers and others who speed.

In order to avoid crashes, keep your eyes on the road and the hands on the wheel. Remind your passengers that you must not be distracted and make sure to share driving duties in case you’re traveling long distances. Drowsy driving is a serious problem during holiday travels, and avoiding it is easy. If you’re the only one doing all the driving, make sure to pull over safely to a spot where you can rest in case you’re too tired to continue.

Also, pay attention to the weather. During Thanksgiving, winter weather is expected on the mountain passes. Having your car fitted with good snow tires and making sure they are properly fitted with chains will also help to keep you and your loved ones safe. Also, slow down. Especially if the weather gets worse.

Before hitting the road, make sure to have your car checked. Make sure the tires have been inflated up to the recommended level, and make sure the windshield wipers are working correctly.

Stock your vehicle with extra water and snacks. Also, have blankets, extra gloves, and warm clothing in your car in case you and your loved ones are held back due to an emergency. When driving back, make sure to avoid drowsy driving and intoxicated driving. Driving while under the influence is not only illegal, it may also be deadly.

Whether you’re just driving to visit friends close to home or you’re going out of town, following these tips will help you to stay focused. Click here for more and have a happy, safe Thanksgiving.

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