Safety Tips for Thanksgiving Travel
Thanksgiving brings a wealth of travelers to our roadways, railways and the sky. The American Red Cross provides travel tips to help holiday travelers arrive safely at their destinations.
Traveling by Car
If you are traveling a long distance by car for Thanksgiving this year, remember the following:
- Make sure your vehicle is in good shape for the trip.
- Start out with a full tank of gas. Check the tire pressure and fill up on wiper fluid before you set out.
- Wear your seat belt.
- Don’t drink and drive. Use a designated driver.
- Be well-rested and alert for your trip.
- Follow all road signs and use caution in work zones.
- Avoid distractions like eating, loud music and cell phones.
- Observe all speed limits.
- Make frequent stops and rotate drivers during long trips. If you get tired, stop and get some rest.
- Be respectful of other motorists.
- Don’t follow too closely behind other vehicles.
- Make sure your vehicle’s headlights, taillights, signal lights and windows are clean before you set out.
- Turn on your headlights as dusk approaches.
- If you have car trouble, pull off to the side of the road and call for help.
- Keep an emergency preparedness kit in your vehicle at all times. This should include water, snacks, a flashlight, a first aid kit, extra cash, blankets and anything else that would be essential for you if you became temporarily stranded.
Traveling by Train, Bus or Plane
With the large numbers of people traveling by mass transit, additional safety precautions must be taken. Remember to protect yourself against the seasonal flu, and if you have been in contact with someone who has the flu, consider postponing your trip. The Red Cross recommends these additional ways to help you avoid getting or spreading the flu while traveling at Thanksgiving:
- Everything someone touches has been touched by someone else. Handle your own belongings as much as possible, rather than having others handle your things. Wash your hands often with soap and water.
- Carry hand sanitizer or anti-bacterial wipes and use them to wash your hands and rub down surfaces like armrests and tabletops.
- Bring your own pillows and blankets.
- If you have to cough or sneeze, do it into a tissue or your sleeve.
- Avoid touching your face or eyes.
We want you to stay safe this Thanksgiving! Follow the tips from the Red Cross, as well as use common sense and discretion on your journey. And be sure to contact us if there is anything we can help you with as you prepare for your trip.