Thanksgiving is one of the busiest holiday travel days of the year. Whether going near or far, millions of people will pack up the car or head to the airport in order to spend the holiday with those they love. Unfortunately, an increase in the amount of travelers often translates into an increase in travel-related accidents and injuries. If you are making plans to visit family and friends over the Thanksgiving weekend, doing a little advance planning and taking a few extra precautions can ensure you make it to your destination safely.
Airplane Travel Over The Holidays
According to a November 2015 USA Today article on holiday travel, airlines in the United States expect over 25 million passengers this Thanksgiving weekend, the highest number since 2008. While the busiest days to fly will be the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, and the Sunday and Monday after, the airports will be bustling throughout the entire weekend, with between 1.4 and 2.7 million passengers flying daily. To make your flight as stress free as possible this busy Thanksgiving weekend, follow these airplane travel tips from the experts at the Travel Channel:
- Pack light. Avoiding checked bags will not only save you money, but it will also avoid any lost luggage mishaps. Remember to keep it simple when it comes to carry-on luggage too. The increase in the number of passengers will mean a decrease in the amount of overhead space on board the plane.
- Get there early, and expect crowds. You will likely have to search a bit for parking, or wait in line in order to catch a shuttle. Expect extra delays at check in as well as in airport security too. There may not be a way to beat the crowds, so your best bet may be to simply resign yourself to the wait.
- Use technology to your advantage. Scope out the airport and your boarding gate before you get there, print out your boarding pass, and check for flight delays from your cell phone.
Of course, it is always better to travel at off-peak times. Traveling the day of Thanksgiving or heading home over ‘Black Friday’ when everyone is out shopping could spare you in terms of dealing with crowds. Shop around for the best deals, and sign up to receive email alerts on low-price fares.
Thanksgiving Road Safety Tips
If you have chosen to drive to your destination, join the crowd. According to the American Safety Council, over 40 million people will take to the roads this Thanksgiving weekend. Ensure you and your passengers get there safely by following these Thanksgiving road safety tips:
- Have your car serviced before you hit the road;
- Pack an emergency road kit with blankets, a flashlight, flares, and bottled water just in case, and have the number for roadside assistance handy;
- Plan the route you will take, and expect traffic and delays;
- Watch the weather reports, and check conditions where you are headed; and
- Avoid distractions while driving, such as texting, using the cell phone, juggling food, or looking at maps.
Pull over and take frequent breaks on your trips, and do not forget to make sure everyone is buckled up, with children in approved car safety seats.
Contact Our Experienced Florida Car Accident and Personal Injury Attorneys
At Hogan Frick, we wish you and your loved ones a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday. Our experienced Florida car accident and personal injury attorneys are here when you need us, providing aggressive legal representation to people who have suffered injuries in an accident or as the result of someone’s reckless or negligent conduct. With offices in Orlando, Gainesville, Ocala, Kissimmee, and Lakeland, our attorneys fight to get you the compensation you deserve. Contact us at 1-800-ATTORNEY for a free review of your case.