The West Palm Beach car accident attorneys and staff at Freeman & Mallard would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday. With that said, we would also like to remind Florida travelers that while Thanksgiving weekend is expected to be another stunning sunny holiday in paradise, a significant increase in air and road traffic is also anticipated.
And with more people on the roads comes an increase in the risk of South Florida car accidents.
For the 12th year in a row, the AAA Auto Club South and Budweiser are hoping to help curb the incidence of drunk driving on Florida roadways over the holiday by providing a free and confidential ride home through their “Tow and Go” program.
And, TCPalm reports that Road Rangers, another free service program – this one provided by the Florida Department of Transportation and supported by a state gas tax – will be out on patrol to assist distressed or disabled motorists stuck along Florida roadways.
Along the Florida Turnpike, roadway administrators are again offering free coffee safety breaks for travelers on the road between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. on Nov. 24-25 and Nov. 28-29. Motorists can make a quick stop at any Turnpike service plaza for their free pick-me-up cup o’joe.
To help keep your travel plans as safe and enjoyable as your holiday, the Examiner offers a handful of tips for motorists:
~ Focus on the road and traffic conditions. Let passengers man the cell phone, discipline the kids, read the map, and change stations on the radio.
~ Make sure your cell phone and your car battery are well charged. Fill the tank. Check the oil and tire pressure. Make sure you have a travel plan and an emergency kit in the car that includes a change of clothes, blankets, water and non-perishable food items (like granola bars).
~ If you are traveling with children, assign age-appropriate tasks for down time or during pit stops. Have a host of games and entertainment materials available to keep them occupied while you are on the road.
The South Florida car accident lawyers at Freeman & Mallard understand the enormous trust a family places in us when we are chosen to represent a loved one who has been seriously injured or killed in a car accident. Call us today to schedule a no-obligation appointment to discuss your case at 1-800-529-2368.