Louisiana Thanksgiving Holiday Travel Tips
Many Louisianans will be hitting the road the week and weekend of Thanksgiving, making driving potentially more hazardous than usual. The Louisiana car accident lawyers at Mike Brandner Injury Attorneys offer the following tips to help you and your family stay safe as you navigate the roads this Thanksgiving holiday:
Have a mechanic inspect your vehicle. Take your vehicle to a mechanic to have your brakes, battery, lights and flashing hazard lights, tires, windshield wipers, belts, and more checked out before starting on your trip.
Pack an emergency kit. Our Louisiana car accident lawyers recommend packing items such as jumper cables, a brightly colored red flag or other piece of fabric, flashlights, and charged cell phone ready when you’re traveling. If you’re traveling to a cold climate, you may also need blankets and gloves.
Wash your vehicle. Wash your car yourself or have someone else do it. You’ll need to have clean headlights, taillights, signal lights and windows so you can see well, especially at night.
Check the weather. Inclement weather can make driving more difficult, time-consuming and dangerous. Check local weather conditions before hitting the road, and if you’ll be driving through bad weather, try to leave earlier or later. Once you start your trip, have a passenger check weather reports periodically.
Secure your children. Buckle your kids securely in the right car seat for their age and weight. Make sure they understand that unbuckling isn’t allowed unless the car is parked.
Take a portable GPS. A portable GPS can help keep you from getting lost and point you toward useful stops such as gas stations and restaurants. It can also alert you to road work or traffic jams and direct you toward an alternate route.
Don’t drive while you’re sleepy. Louisiana car accident lawyers know that getting behind the wheel while you’re drowsy can be just as dangerous as drunk driving. Be sure you get adequate rest the night before traveling and returning home, and switch places with another driver along the way so everyone gets a break. Making frequent stops can also help you stay alert.
Travel safely with pets. Pets can be a distraction when you’re driving, so make sure to secure them in a crate or with harnesses and seat belts. Not only will this keep them from interfering with your driving, it can also help keep them from escaping from the car when you open the door.
Don’t get distracted. A front-seat passenger should be in charge of changing music selections, checking the cell phone, and other tasks so the driver can remain focused on the road. Kids can also be a distraction, so try to keep them happily occupied with games, healthy snacks, and other treats.
Give trucks and buses a wide berth. The area around large trucks and buses can be dangerous, especially if you’re driving in their blind spot. Give them plenty of room, and don’t follow too closely or make sudden moves.
Stay buckled. It’s not just kids who need to stay buckled—it’s also important for adults.
Obey traffic laws. Obey speed limits and other Louisiana’s rules of the road.
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