It is the time of year to give thanks among family and friends for the many blessings that have been bestowed upon us in this country. This year, many of us will be traveling to destinations near and far to be with loved ones, about 42 million of us, according to AAA.
Remember that for a variety of factors, including cheaper gas prices, this year is on pace to be the busiest traveled Thanksgiving since 2007, according to AAA. Please keep in mind these tips for your safety and the safety of your loved ones this weekend when navigating the roads and airports:
- If you are going to drink alcohol, be sure that there is a designated sober driver ready and willing to drive you home;
- Be on the lookout for drivers who appear impaired and avoid them at all costs, as they will be out there – report anyone that seems to be driving erratically, you may save a life;
- If traveling long distances, try and avoid the highways on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, when traffic will be at its worst;
- Arrive at the airports earlier than usual, as security will be increased due to the recent terrorist attacks in Paris and Mali;
- Be sure your tires are inflated at their recommended PSI and that all safety equipment is operational.
Most importantly, please remember all that we have to be thankful for in this country and remember those who are less fortunate.