Thanksgiving Travel? How to stay safe in the car.

They say that the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend is the busiest weekend of the year for traveling. That means all means of travel. There has been a recent outcry over the new Transportation Safety Administration’s (TSA) new security checks. These new measures include the use of a full body x-ray or other imaging technology and a pat down. These new rules and procedures have caused many would be travelers to change their plans from flying to driving. This means that there will be more people on the roads this weekend. So here are a few things to keep in mind while on the road this weekend to help protect yourself.

1. WEAR YOUR SEAT BELT! I cannot stress this enough, seat belts save lives.

A car crash on Jagtvej in Copenhagen, Denmark.
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2. DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE!

3. Make sure your head restraint (rest) is in the proper position if it is adjustable. That means that the bottom of the head restraint should be no lower than the lower part of your head and no higher than the top of your head. This can help reduce injury (whiplash) in a rear-end crash.

4. Drive defensively. This means always paying attention to the road and the other vehicles around you.

5. Don’t text and drive.

6. Make sure your spare tire is inflated and not worn down.

7. Check your brakes before you leave.

8. If you are driving to a colder climate or live in an area that snows, carry a thermal

Car crash in Thessaloniki, Greece.
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blanket in the car. This may save your life in the event that your car breaks down and you have no way to stay warm.

9. If you are involved in a crash, call the police immediately. If someone is injured call 911. Never move an injured person unless there is additional risk to that person. Moving someone with a head or neck injury could make the injury worse.

10. If you are injured in a crash, your best outcome for recovery from your injuries is to start care within 3 days of the crash.

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