According to sources at AAA, the nation’s largest travel-related company, more than 3.4 million people in western states expect to travel at least 50 miles this week, making this Thanksgiving season the busiest since 2007. The numbers include travelers from both Nevada and California who will be crossing state lines. Nationwide, more than 46 million people are expected to be traveling this week, a 4.2 percent increase over Thanksgiving 2013. Car travel will be most popular, with 2.9 million drivers on the road this holiday weekend, an increase of 3.6 percent over last year.
Travel Safety Comes First
Reno and other areas in the northern part of the state could experience icy roads and weather during this week, so it is important for those who are traveling from sunny Las Vegas to be prepared for these changes. Some tips for icy road travel include:
- Slow down. Most accidents on icy roads come from lack of stopping ability; this is directly related to speed. Traveling more slowly gives you more time to react and avoid a potential accident. Experts advise leaving three times more space between yourself and other cars than normal.
- Brake gently. Slamming on the brakes will cause you to skid, so pump the brakes gently if you have to stop on icy roads. Use low gears for traction. Avoid using cruise control if possible. Be aware that bridges and overpasses as well as shady areas may freeze before the main road.
- Use your lights. Keep your lights on and your windshield clear to assist your own visibility and to help others see you. Do not pass standing trucks or snowplows; these drivers are often unable to see you.
- Keep supplies. Your car should contain a first aid kit, water and a small supply of non-perishable food as well as blankets. If you are stranded, you want to be able to stay warm and dry while you wait for rescue. Further, you should consider investing in a roadside safety kit with flares, lights and other items that can help you remain visible even in bad weather.
If you are injured in a travel-related accident, it is very important to seek help to protect your rights. Contact the experienced attorneys at Bernstein & Poisson in Las Vegas for more information on how you may be able to recover payments for medical bills and other costs.