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How to Travel Safely for Thanksgiving to Avoid Car Accidents

In British Columbia alone, an average of 260,000 car accidents are reported each year, with nearly 20% resulting in at least one casualty. With the travel season of Thanksgiving quickly approaching, many people are planning road trips to see family and loved ones. If you’re planning on doing any driving to see loved ones over Thanksgiving, there are some special precautions you’ll want to take behind-the-wheel.

Give Your Vehicle a Once-Over

You may be ready to hit the road, but is your car? Take some time to make sure your vehicle is in safe driving condition; this means checking your brakes, the tread on your tires, and all your fluid levels to make sure everything is topped off. Furthermore, consider the last time your vehicle had an oil change and have any necessary repairs done before the trip. If you’re not sure that your car can safely make the trip, consider renting one instead.

Be Prepared for Traffic

Remember that you’re not the only one who will be traveling for Thanksgiving; depending on the route you’re taking, there may be significantly more traffic than you’re used to. Consider leaving early so you don’t have to feel rushed or worry about being late to your destination. And above all else, exercise precautions while driving in heavy traffic; keep a safe following distance from the cars in front of you, and don’t let your frustration or impatience over traffic cause you to make any risky maneuvers. The last thing you want is to end up in an accident as a result of aggressive or dangerous driving.

Review Your Route Ahead of Time

Even if you have a GPS device to guide the way, it’s a good idea to research your route ahead of time and have a general idea of where you’re going. This will improve your confidence behind-the-wheel and reduce your chances of making a wrong turn. After all, GPS devices aren’t fail-proof!

Check the Weather Before You Leave

Weather conditions in British Columbia can be unpredictable in October; you could end up with a gorgeous, sunny day or you could end up driving through relentless rainfall. It’s always a good idea to check the weather before you leave on your road trip so you can plan accordingly and not be caught off-guard. If the weather is looking rough, you may even want to consider changing your departure time (if possible) so as to avoid driving through inclement weather. Or, you might want to give yourself time to pull off the freeway until the worst of the weather subsides.

Know How to Handle an Accident

Unfortunately, you can take all the precautions in the world, but the truth is that car accidents will still happen this Thanksgiving travel season. It’s always wise to be prepared for an accident by knowing what to do if you’re involved in one. This includes getting the other driver’s information (if applicable), seeking medical attention for any injuries, and speaking with a lawyer before tackling your ICBC claim.

If you’ve been injured in an auto accident and are looking for a legal team to help protect your rights, Becker, Lavin, & Wessler is here to help. Contact us today to schedule your no-obligation case evaluation.

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