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3 Safe Strategies for Beating Thanksgiving Traffic

By Luke Dow on November 16, 2016

The long Thanksgiving weekend is the perfect time to kick back, watch football, eat delicious food, and bond with loved ones. Many Americans use the holiday break to visit family, but with more drivers on the road comes a higher risk of accidents.

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More than 46 million Americans embarked on a weekend getaway over Thanksgiving in 2014. Unfortunately, driving on unfamiliar roads in congested traffic is dangerous. According to the National Safety Council, approximately 52,300 people suffered injuries on the road over the Thanksgiving holiday in 2015 – and 433 died.

If a negligent, drunk or reckless driver injures you or a family member over Thanksgiving, contact

The Luke Dow Law Firm. Mr. Dow is an accident lawyer in Austin who will help you recover the maximum compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and other damages.

Call 512-518-4104 to schedule a free consultation. You can also learn more about car accident injury lawsuits in Texas by visiting

3 Safe Strategies to Beat Thanksgiving Traffic Congestion

Nobody wants to spend their first day of Thanksgiving vacation stuck in traffic. If you’re heading out of town for the long weekend, these three tips will help you avoid the clamor:

  1. Hit the Road Early
If you fall behind schedule, you might be tempted to speed. In 2012, 22 percent of all passenger-vehicle drivers who were involved in deadly crashes were speeding, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Leaving early will also give you a head-start on other travelers and help you avoid congestion.
  1. Use Your GPS
Modern global positioning systems let drivers customize their routes to avoid heavy traffic. Take advantage of this feature. Also, activate “voice guidance” so you can focus on the road.
  1. Come Home before the Post-Thanksgiving Rush
It’s difficult to leave family after a fun and relaxing holiday weekend, but departing early will help you avoid traffic congestion. You also won’t be tempted to rush home for work and other obligations.

A Final Tip: Watch out for Drunk Drivers

Many people choose to celebrate the holiday weekend with a few drinks. As a result, drunk-driving rates spike over Thanksgiving.

It’s no secret that the best way to avoid drunk-driving accidents is to stay sober, but nobody can control the actions of other motorists. Keep your distance from drivers who show these signs of inebriation

  • Abnormal braking and accelerating patterns;
  • Stopping well before or after a stop sign or traffic light;
  • Driving with the headlights turned off at night;
  • Swerving;
  • Almost hitting a curb; or
  • Using the wrong turn signal.
If a drunk or negligent driver injures you or a family member over the Thanksgiving holiday, contact The Luke Dow Law Firm. Luke Dow is a board-certified personal-injury attorney in Austin who will aggressively represent your interests.

Mr. Dow has the resources and knowledge to help you recover the maximum compensation. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 512-518-4104.


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