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Thanksgiving Most Dangerous Holiday?

Thanksgiving Day is the most dangerous
holiday for car accidents. Using traffic
fatality data from NHTSA tracked since 1982, averages of 550 people are killed
each year on Thanksgiving Day compared to 100 people on a typical day. In 2008,
Thanksgiving Day deaths were down from their 26-year average but experts
believe it was because unusually high gas prices prevented/detoured families
from traveling. Whether it’s a holiday or not, car accidents cost taxpayers more than $100 billion each
year
and an estimated $36 billion is paid out annually by insurance companies.

Contributing factures to a high rate of car accidents are in
increase in alcohol consumption during the holidays, a lot more drivers on the
road, and longer road trips. About 91 percent of
Americans travel by car to reach their Thanksgiving gathering
. The
Department of Transportation reports that the number of people on a road trip
longer than 50 miles increases by 54 percent on the Thanksgiving holiday
weekend. The number of road trips over 50 miles between Christmas and New Year’s
only increases by 23 percent. Part of the reason for the disparity in road
trips is that Thanksgiving always falls on a Thursday with many having a
four-day weekend, compared to the way that Christmas and New Year’s jump
around.

Thanksgiving Day Driving Safety

If you are planning to take a road trip for Thanksgiving
this year, here are some safety tips that could save your life:

1. Make sure that your car is tuned up and your
tires have adequate tread.

2. Carry tire chains in your trunk in case the
roads are snowy.

3. Drive at, or slightly below the speed limit.
Follow the flow of traffic but allow extra space during wet, snowy, or icy
conditions.

4. Ensure that everyone in the car is restrained
properly. Children under two years should be in rear facing car seats and those
under four years should be in forward facing car seats. Booster seats should be
used until the child is 4’9” tall.

5. Get a good night’s rest before starting out on
the road. Take regular breaks and pull over if you are feeling fatigued.

6. Never consume alcohol or drugs before setting
out on a road trip.

7. Be careful when passing other cars; be sure you
can see oncoming traffic clearly.

8. Do not text and drive and if you need to make a
call; use the speaker phone.

Keep yourself and your loved ones safe for Thanksgiving.
Happy Thanksgiving from Tario & Associates!

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Thanksgiving Day is the most dangerous
holiday for car accidents. Using traffic
fatality data from NHTSA tracked since 1982, averages of 550 people are killed
each year on Thanksgiving Day compared to 100 people on a typical day. In 2008,
Thanksgiving Day deaths were down from their 26-year average but experts
believe it was because unusually high gas prices prevented/detoured families
from traveling.

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