We all know that traffic is especially bad around the holidays, but Thanksgiving is one of the worst. Each year, hundreds of people die in car accidents; last year, over 400 of them were over the Thanksgiving weekend. And, you guessed it, many of those were alcohol related.
Please try not to turn a wonderful family holiday into a tragedy. Plan on staying over at the home you are visiting on the day, or designate a non-drinker to drive early on in the day. We recommend children that are over 16 but not yet 21 for this! It’s sneaky, but you should be fairly sure they haven’t had too many glasses of wine, although they probably did overdo it on the pumpkin pie.
Also, if you’re not too far from home, arrange in advance for a taxi to take you back. Even if the bill is close to $100, isn’t it worth it to know that your family, and others on the road, are safe? Also, a DUI or an accident with injuries—or, heaven forbid, a fatality—is much more costly than the fare, as is the emotional cost involved.
Another thing to think about is road safety in general. Are you from California in a rental car visiting relatives in Illinois? Did you take the family up to the local mountains for a Thanksgiving ski trip? There’s probably snow on the ground, and many of us in California are unused to driving in those conditions. (Let’s face it, many of us can’t even drive in a rainstorm!) Alcohol doesn’t have to be involved to have an accident in bad-weather conditions on unfamiliar roads. Drivers also rely too heavily on their GPS or satellite navigation systems nowadays, yet they are not infallible. Getting lost in a storm could not only make you miss the big turkey dinner, it could be dangerous!
And don’t forget to have your car serviced before a long car journey with your family. Have a trusted mechanic look over your car and replace leaking hoses, worn tires and windshield wipers; fill up all fluids and change the oil. Having a breakdown could be another big barrier between you and your Thanksgiving meal!
As always, BMR Insurance looks out for you and your family, and we wish you a safe and happy Thanksgiving. Call us to review your auto insurance plan before the long car journey starts: (714) 838-1911.