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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Thanksgiving safe driving

Dear friends,

As I write this, my heart is wishing each one of you a wonderful Thanksgiving. I hope on this holiday you find joy, contentment, laughs and full tummies. I know in our home we'll share laughs over some of the silly things we've done. We'll also remember all for which we are thankful. Among my things that I am thankful for, is you, for your advice, information, support and feedback. Happy Thanksgiving!

If you are traveling for your Thanksgiving holiday this year, I wish you safe travels. This is one of the worst weeks of the year, for fatal accidents. There are some things you can do to minimize your chances of being involved in an accident.

Drive during daylight hours. Avoid late night and early morning driving, if you can. Even if you feel alert and well-rested for the drive, many other drivers out there are either impaired by alcohol or general drowsiness.

Drive conservatively. Obviously, don't drink and drive. And drive within the speed limit. Reducing your speed by 10 MPH reduces your chance of a fatality by half. Most fatal accidents that will happen this week will be due to alcohol and/or speed.

Give the guy ahead of you plenty of space, even more so with large trucks, whose blind spot can be significant.

When you feel the time pressure, keep reminding yourself that it would be far better to arrive late than have an accident. And be aware that other drivers may not be as sensible as you. Give them all the room they need.

If driving after dark, watch for deer. This time of year, deer behavior changes in rural areas. They become more nocturnal with the threat of hunting season.

The worst of the travel days will be Wednesday and Sunday. If it's possible to leave on Saturday, you'll have significantly less traffic to deal with.

Okay, now for a moment of levity. How's this for a driving fact? 4 million Americans shop online while they're driving. Sometimes I just can't believe what people do!

Safe travels!


  1. Thanks for all of your safe driving reminders. We are hitting the road in just a couple of minutes. Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

  2. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Lili! Enjoy your family!

    We are leaving bright and early tomorrow, which is turning out to be a good thing. Today we have dense fog--our 1/2 day of school was cancelled because of it. Tomorrow the fog is supposed to be gone and the road conditions should be great. My husband and I are probably a little on the paranoid side when it comes to driving--if the weather looks awful, we wait or just don't go. Tomorrow we are supposed to have temperatures in the 60's, followed by a cold front with snow Friday night/Saturday. We will watch the weather on the return end, too, and come back early, if need be. Thanks for all the good reminders on safe driving and I look forward to hearing everyone's comments next week. :)


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