As Colorado residents finalize their Thanksgiving plans, they may want to consider more than what recipe to use for cranberry sauce. Not only is the holiday associated with great food, but it's also one of the most heavily traveled holidays of the year. Although some people may make the decision to fly, most holiday travelers will be hitting the road with their families.
According to estimates from AAA, more than 43 million people will be traveling to meet up with family for Thanksgiving, 90 percent of whom plan to drive. Despite the fact that this year's prediction suggests that there might be fewer people on the road this year as compared to last year, the risk of getting into a car accident is something that should be on the mind of every driver.
When there are high volumes of cars on the road, it makes sense that there is a higher probability of an accident occurring. Not only that, but crashes could ensnare more drivers than times that traffic patterns aren't so congested.
Another concern is that November can bring unpredictable weather. Any inclement weather could make travel plans inconvenient and more dangerous. As such, it may be helpful to pay attention to weather reports and make accommodations. If it's impossible to work around the weather, drivers should be sure to make the appropriate adjustments and drive with caution.
The holidays should be a time of celebration. A car accident could be an unfortunate way to begin or end the holiday. Unfortunately, however, accidents are likely to take place on Colorado roads, so victims may want to become informed of their rights and responsibilities.
Source: CNN, "Fewer people traveling for Thanksgiving," Katia Hetter, Nov. 20, 2013