Tips for One of the Busiest Travel Days of the Year
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration points out that if you plan to hit the road for Thanksgiving this year, you will be joined by millions of others. And when there are more motorists, law enforcement will be working overtime to ensure everyone’s safety. How can you get to where you want to go without any trouble this year? Follow these tips:
Map Your Route
With all the technology available today, it is possible to simply rely on a GPS to get you to your grandma’s house. However, driving through the mountains or forgetting to bring a charger can mean you are without navigation. Make sure you have planned out and written down your route ahead of time.
Know the Laws
If you plan on leaving the Carolinas, it is important to know traffic laws in each state. While going the posted speed limit is advisable, keep in mind that states differ on cell phone and texting usage while in the car. The NHTSA’s website Distraction.gov provides a state-by-state listing of regulations that outlines where you may text, talk or otherwise use a phone while driving, and where you will be subject to a ticket for doing so.
Additionally, many states classify eating and drinking behind the wheel as distracted driving. The NHTSA warns that in 2012, 18 percent of car accidents that resulted in an injury were due to a distracted driver, and law enforcement will have their eyes peeled looking for such behavior.
Wear Your Seatbelt
According to the Governor’s Highway Safety Association, 33 states and the District of Columbia have laws requiring front seat occupants to wear seatbelts. Sixteen of those states have secondary laws that include rear seat passengers. To play it safe and avoid an unnecessary ticket and increased risk, you may want to buckle up.
Watch for Truckers
The NHTSA reports that crashes are more likely to occur around large trucks and buses. Truck drivers often work long hours and have blind spots due to the nature of their vehicles. Motorists are advised to avoid lingering in a blind spot when possible and following too closely to a big rig.
Research the Weather
Lastly, many people who travel may be entering different climates, especially for those heading north. Winter weather can pose a myriad of problems for drivers unfamiliar with snow and ice. Check the weather report for the day of your travel and equip your car with the necessary supplies, such as blankets, water and nonperishable food. If the weather looks bad, you may want to consider another travel date.
At Nosal & Jeter,LLP we know that thousands of people will receive a ticket over the busy Thanksgiving weekend. Keep in mind that a ticket is not a guilty sentence. We can help you fight your charges to avoid fines, points on your license and a spike in your insurance.