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This Thanksgiving Season, Make Safe Travel a Priority In New Hampshire
This Thanksgiving season, it is estimated that America’s interstates and highways will carry 40 million Americans towards their family members and loved ones. With this number growing each year, motorists must exercise caution as they take to the roads and head off to celebrate with those who love them, particularly within New Hampshire. Our NH personal injury lawyers are offering several tips for NH motorists to follow:
1. If you are traveling a long distance, double check your automobile to ensure that it is ready for extended travel. Before beginning your holiday travel, make sure your vehicle is safe and roadworthy. Having your vehicle inspected by a certified auto technician is the ideal course of action, but if you must do it yourself, make sure that your tires have the proper pressure levels, your gas tank is more than 3/4ths full, making sure your car battery is fully functional, and testing your vehicle’s various blinkers and lights.
2. Don’t travel for extended periods of time without taking a break. Fatigue can be caused by driving, and this results in a diminished capacity for properly observing your surroundings. Stop and take frequent breaks to regroup and rest. You should never consume alcohol before or while you are driving.
3. Keep distractions, like your cell phone, at bay. If you will be traveling with children, keep entertainment devices or harmless toys on hand to ensure that boredom doesn’t get the best of them.
4. Make sure your vehicle is equipped with an emergency kit in the event something goes wrong. At the very least, your emergency kit should contain water, protein or granola bars, a first aid kit, blankets, money, a flashlight, and extra batteries. An extra cellular phone is advised, in case your other forms of communication die.
5. Allow yourself extra time if you will be traveling in the snow. In a moment’s notice, the streets can become deadly. Regardless of whether you have been on the road for hours or just a few minutes, you must pay proper attention to the road and your fellow travelers. Use headlights and blinkers when appropriate, follow the rules of the road, comply with the posted speed limits, and do not follow other vehicles too closely. In the event that your car has problems, immediately pull over to the side of the road to get out of the way of other drivers. In the Commonwealth of New Hampshire alone, 12 months’ worth of fatal accidents amount to an average of $143 million. You do not want to become another statistic.
6. On longer trips, fatigue will almost certainly become an issue. You need to recognize when your senses are beginning to lose their sharpness. When this starts to happen, rotate with another passenger. It is advised that you drive in shifts and allow yourself plenty of time to reach your final destination.
Thanksgiving weekend offers one of the best times to reconnect with your family members and loved ones. Be safe, follow these tips, and enjoy a delightful and safe journey and celebration.
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