What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving? If your answer includes the well-being of yourself and your loved ones, be careful. Car accidents increase over the holiday. Make sure you still have plenty to be thankful for next year by driving safely this year.

Here are some of the top risks to watch out for if you’re on the road this Thanksgiving weekend:


Are you driving to visit your family for Thanksgiving? You’re not the only one. Many people take to the roads during the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend. All those extra cars mean there’s also an extra risk of a traffic accident.

Frustrated Drivers

No one enjoys traffic. Add general holiday stress to the mix, and you have a recipe for road rage. If a driver cuts you off, follows too close or does something else to anger you, don’t make the situation worse by responding aggressively. Take deep breaths, listen to relaxing music and remind yourself that what really matters is getting to your family in one piece – not showing that annoying driver how you feel.

Also, make sure you’re not that annoying driver. If you cut people off, tailgate or drive too fast or too slow, you might trigger someone else’s road rage. Remember that you need to share the road. Do so in a way that makes everyone’s Thanksgiving a little better.

Distracted Drivers

Using a handheld phone while driving is illegal in California. It’s also dangerous and contributes to the thousands of distracted driving deaths that occur every year. Nevertheless, people continue to do it.

In a 2016 survey, 54 percent of Californians reported having been hit or almost hit by a distracted driver, and 40 percent admitted they had made a mistake while using their phone and driving.

Thanksgiving traffic will only make the situation worse. Follow the law and keep your hands off your phone.

Drunk Drivers

According to the NHTSA, 29 people die in alcohol-related crashes every day in the United States. If your Thanksgiving traditions include alcohol, make sure DUIs don’t become a new tradition.

Drowsy Drivers

Does turkey make you sleepy? Or maybe it’s just the long drive to your relatives’ house that’s got you feeling tired. Either way, driving while drowsy is a dangerous mistake. According to the CDC, although figures vary, an estimated 6,000 fatal crashes may be caused by drowsy drivers each year.

Keep yourself and your loved ones safe this Thanksgiving.

  • Avoid road rage incidents by being a safe, considerate driver and by keeping calm.
  • Never drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Avoid driving when you’re too tired to focus.
  • Always use your seat belt. In 2015, 301 people died in car crashes over the long Thanksgiving weekend, and 50 percent of those individuals were not wearing a seatbelt.
  • Take the Dashers Pledge against distracted driving.

All of us at Dashers Auto Insurance wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving!