Today will be the worst day on the roads for Thanksgiving travel according to the AAA. This is a change from previous years when Wednesday was the heaviest traffic day. Below are a few road travel tips to keep in mind for your safety this holiday season.
- You will save significant time traveling toll roads by acquiring an E-ZPass. Visit https://www.ohioturnpike.org/e-zpass/e-zpass-retail-locations for a list of E-ZPass retail locations. If you already have an E-ZPass, make sure that your credit card information and mailing address are updated.
- If you do not already have roadside assistance, now would be a good time to make a quick call to sign up. Most insurance policies carry the option at a reasonable price.
- Make sure that you vehicle is travel ready. Check your fluid levels, tire pressure and ensure your lights are in good working order and that you have attended to any warning lights that your vehicle may be displaying.
- Pack a safety kit for your trunk that contains items such as flares, water, a blanket, first aid kit, and a few energy bars.
- Do NOT text and drive, read directions and drive, or any other activity that will take your attention off of the road. Pull over or assign a passenger to assist you.
- Take regular breaks or exchange driving duties with a passenger. You may be tempted to stop as little a possible to reach your destination quickly, but that will lead to exhaustion that can cause you to become a danger to yourself and others.
- Be extra vigilant of pedestrians and deer. With the early onset of darkness in the Fall and Winter, driving conditions do become more hazardous.
- Be cautious of wet patches of leaves and water on bridges that can cause unsafe driving conditions. Take your time and be mindful of other vehicles and the weather forecasts for the day.
A little extra patience can go a long way and your vigilance can help prevent tragedy. If you or a loved one was injured in a motor vehicle accident, or struck as a pedestrian, or bicyclist, call me, I’ll be there for you, and I’ll Make Them Pay! ®
Author: Tim Misny | For more than 37 years, personal injury lawyer Tim Misny has represented the injured victim in birth injury, medical malpractice, and catastrophic injury/wrongful death cases, serving “Cleveland, Akron/Canton, Columbus, Dayton and neighboring communities.” You can reach Tim by email at misnylaw.com/ask-tim-a-question/ or call at 855-800-0384.