I would like to wish you all a safe and fun Thanksgiving as you may be traveling to see loved ones. I wanted to make you all aware that American Automobile Association (AAA) is forecasting that more than 48 million drivers will clog America’s roads and highways this Thanksgiving weekend, Road Safe America urges extreme caution on the Sunday after Thanksgiving – which statistics show is often the busiest highway travel day of the year.
With the roadways busy, please take an three seconds to look twice, for cars, trucks, motorcycle, and pedestrians, then look again. Three seconds could make the difference between a joyful holiday time or a tragic one. And please, don’t drive distracted.
Stay Safe This Thanksgiving Holiday
Article By: Steve and Susan Owings, Road Safe America Founders
The Sunday after Thanksgiving is usually the most heavily traveled day on our highways – and potentially the most dangerous. That’s why we implore you to Drive Safer Sunday, November 25, 2018.
Drive Safer Sunday is our annual initiative to promote safe driving among motorists. We founded Road Safe America in 2003 after our son, Cullum, was killed when his car – stopped in an interstate traffic jam – was crushed from behind by a speeding tractor-trailer using cruise control dangerously above the posted speed limit. That crash occurred on the Sunday after Thanksgiving as Cullum tried to return to college after spending the week at home in Atlanta with his family and friends.
The Sunday after Thanksgiving will always be a painful one for our family, but we hope that by raising awareness of the dangers of highway travel, other lives will be spared and other families will not have to experience such needless, tragic loss.
We want to remind everyone traveling during the holidays to:
– Get plenty of rest before driving and take frequent breaks to remain alert.
– Consider driving during off-peak hours to avoid congestion.
– Eliminate distractions behind-the-wheel. Using technology or even eating can be dangerous while driving.
– Give large trucks plenty of room since they cannot see as well, maneuver as quickly, or stop in the same distance as passenger vehicles can.