Thanksgiving may have just ended but the holiday travel season is not over yet. Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, the New Year and other holidays are just around the corner. With the threat of COVID-19 still looming, we all need to consider our holiday travel plans.
At Donald G. Targan & Associates, our New Jersey personal injury attorneys want your family’s safety to come first. So, we have assembled some tips to help keep you safe if you travel this holiday season.
Safety Tips for Holiday Travel During the Pandemic
Many individuals and families still plan to travel this holiday season. However, the way they travel will probably be different than most years. In a survey conducted by Toyota, 72 percent of adults said they would travel in a ground vehicle rather than fly this holiday season. This means road safety will be essential for avoiding car accidents while traveling.
- Inspect your vehicle. Help maximize your potential for arriving at your destination safely. Check your vehicle’s tires, battery, coolant, fuel filter and brake fluid. You should also check that your car does not have any active recalls. Over 16 million airbags in US vehicles have active safety recalls. Make sure your vehicle is not one of them.
- Plan your route. With coronavirus causing chaos around the country, exercise foresight for the sake of your family’s health. Map out your route, and note where you cross through locations that are experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases. Either avoid these hotspots, or plan to drive straight through. Also, reduce the number of stops along your path, and check ahead to see if your destination requires visitors to quarantine. You should also try to avoid high traffic roads to reduce the chance of having a car accident.
- Take coronavirus precautions. Remember to stay six feet away from others and try to wear a mask. If you have to travel in a vehicle with someone who is not in your immediate quarantine bubble, crack a window. This will help circulate air and prevent viral loads from rising too high. Also remember to pack hand sanitizer, backup masks, and wash your hands frequently. Be sure to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. You can find more tips for staying COVID-free at the CDC’s website.
- Drive defensively. Just because there are fewer cars on the road this year does not make the roads safer. As a matter of fact, the National Safety Council reports that more people have died on roads during the pandemic despite less traffic. This means keep your eyes open for erratic drivers. Maintain a safe distance from other vehicles. Do not drink and drive. Do not text while driving. Buckle up and pay close attention to the rules of the road.
How Our Atlantic City Lawyer Is Here to Help During the Holidays
Remember, even if you follow these tips to the letter, accidents can still happen. Negligent drivers or other parties could cause accidents that hurt your family. If this happens, we are ready to help. The New Jersey personal injury attorneys at Donald G. Targan & Associates have experience fighting for those injured through no fault of their own. To learn more about how we can help, call (609) 348-1106 to schedule a free consultation.