With Thanksgiving Monday just days away, October is a very busy month. If you’re planning to visit family and friends this October long weekend, we encourage you to plan ahead and drive safe.
Road conditions in BC have been relatively dry for months, but with the possibility of rain being in the forecast this weekend, the roads could get very wet. These conditions can make driving treacherous. With the lack of snow on the roads we tend to not be as cautious, but water on the roads can be just as dangerous.
Tips for travelling safely Thanksgiving weekend
- Ensure your car has been serviced and tires and brakes are in good condition for the fall and winter months.
- Update your safety kit: ensure you have lights, flares, safety markers, water, blanket, first aid kit and a few long-life snacks.
- Map your route and check road and weather conditions before you depart home base.
- Know your route and locations of open service stations along the way. In Canada there are many highway routes that have no services for hundreds of kilometers.
- If there is more than one driver, take turns to avoid fatigue.
- Pack smart: your car has a maximum load for weight. Pack so items cannot become projectiles in a shortstop or accident.
- If you are travelling with pets or children ensure they are secured safety and you have enough food and water for the duration of the trip.
- Avoid car accidents and injuries by being patient and travelling earlier in the morning or other non-peak times.
- Don’t drive distracted. Put all mobile devices in the glove box and lock it. Pull over if you have to refer to the GPS or make calls.
- Take frequent breaks if you are on a long road trip.
- For shorter trips, if you are the driver, indulge in turkey, not alcohol. Impaired driving starts with the first drink.
All the staff and personal injury lawyers at Warnett Hallen LLP wish everyone a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday weekend. And remember, don’t miss your turkey dinner because of distracted driving. Gobble, gobble!