Thanksgiving Safety Tips
Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday to connect with family and friends over a delicious meal. While you're preparing for Thanksgiving, remember these T-U-R-K-E-Y safety tips:
Traffic will be heavier than usual
- Plan ahead to make sure you arrive at your destination on time.
- Be attentive to traffic in the distance.
- Use your turn signal when changing lanes, merging, or turning.
- As always, click it or ticket!
Use a designated driver
- Thanksgiving Eve is the biggest bar night of the year — plan a ride ahead of time.
- More than half of traffic fatalities are alcohol-related, so expect random checkpoints.
- If you are hosting, ensure your guests make it home safely or offer a place to stay.
Report if you suspect you see a drunk driver
- Dial the local highway patrol or police department.
- Get the license plate number of the car.
Keep your phone away
- 1 in 4 car accidents in the U.S. are caused by texting while driving.
- Put your phone on silent and away from you so you can't be distracted by a call or text.
- As a pedestrian, your phone can also put you at risk while walking and especially while crossing the street.
Expect airport traffic
- It is recommended you arrive three hours early if you are flying to your destination.
- There will be heavy foot traffic and you may want to anticipate security check delays.
Yield to pedestrian traffic
- Not only will there be more cars on the road, there will also be more people walking, especially on Thanksgiving Eve in city areas with bars.
- Be especially cautious at crosswalks and stop signs.
Be safe and have fun! Happy Thanksgiving from NJM.