More than 43.6 million motorists are expected to travel 50 miles or more from their homes during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, according to a recent AAA study.
American Trucking Association, a group of elite professional truck drivers with millions of accident-free miles, released a report in response to the high number of drivers hitting the road for the holidays, offering advice on how to make it through travels as safely as possible.
Brooks Washburn, Share the Road Professional Driver, said Thanksgiving is a challenging time on the highway with motorists visiting families or shopping for the start of the holiday shopping season, highways are busier than ever.
Washburn added that there is nothing better than patience and safe driving practices behind the wheel.
Truckers are urging motorists to plan their trips ahead of time, know their exits, abide by road signs and be weary of other drivers changing lanes by checking their blind spots. As for trucks, the group encouraged motorists not to cut them off, as they take longer to stop and to be conscious of a truck's blind spots, because if a driver is unable to see their mirrors then they can't see the driver.
Motorists are also encouraged to take their cars to a trusted auto body shop to have brakes, fluids and windshield wipers inspected before hitting the road. Preventative maintenance can make all the difference when drivers are miles away from home.