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What Should I Do if I Plan to Travel During Thanksgiving Week?

November 18, 2020

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The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic restrictions have been hard on everyone, and many people are longing to see their families for Thanksgiving. Most Thanksgiving gatherings involve road trips and large numbers of people. How can people celebrate Thanksgiving safely in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic?

The mode of transportation defines much of the risk of travel. Travelers can spread the COVID-19 virus from place to place, so being in a confined space, such as a plane, train, or bus, is risky. When traveling by car, there is no exposure to strangers unless one makes stops for gas, food, or restrooms, which raises the risk. A driver should look for rest stops and gas stations that are less crowded and that look well-kept and clean.

A driver should always wear a face covering and wash hands frequently and well. In the two weeks before travel, it is wise to limit activities to decrease the risk of exposure to the virus.

How Do I Prepare My Car for a Road Trip?

Traffic may be unpredictable this Thanksgiving due to differing approaches to the pandemic and large gatherings, but any road trip requires preparation in order to prevent a car accident. A driver should plan ahead by having the route mapped before the trip starts to avoid being distracted by the navigation system. Knowing the route in advance helps keep the focus on driving. Additionally, check the weather forecast to avoid being surprised by inclement weather.

A few weeks before the trip is the time to do a maintenance check so that there is still time to change the oil, wiper blades, or service the radiator. Check all fluid levels and top them off. Tire condition is important for optimal braking ability and good mileage. Check tire treads and air pressure. There is nothing worse than being stuck on the side of the road.

Also, every car should be equipped with an emergency kit that includes:

  • First aid supplies
  • Flares
  • Tire repair kit
  • Jumper cables
  • Flashlight with batteries
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Blanket
  • Bottled water
  • Non-perishable snacks

How Do I Drive Defensively?

After weighing all the COVID-19 risks, those who decide to travel by car during Thanksgiving week should be well-rested and alert for the trip. Drowsy driving results in reduced reaction times, and it is just as dangerous as drunk driving. Also, be on the lookout for drivers who resort to speeding, tailgating, and other aggressive driving tactics to get to their destinations.

Additionally, designate a driver if attending a party where alcohol is being served. Be aware that less responsible people may be out driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Thanksgiving Car Accident

Thanksgiving is the busiest holiday for car travel. If a person is injured in a car accident that was caused by the negligence of another driver, they should contact a skilled and experienced lawyer. A lawyer will help the victim with their personal injury claim so that they can get compensation for their injuries.

Philadelphia Car Accident Lawyers at Nerenberg Law Associates, P.C. Advocate for Injured Car Crash Victims

Our Philadelphia car accident lawyers at Nerenberg Law Associates, P.C. protect the rights of car accident victims. You can count on us to handle your case and get you the compensation that you deserve. For a free consultation, contact us online or call us at 215-569-9100. Located in Philadelphia, we serve clients throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey.