Holiday Travel: Red Cross Urges Safety As Millions Take to the Highway for Thanksgiving
Travel risk greater over holiday; avoid distractions, plan ahead
WASHINGTON, D.C. – November 18, 2016 — More than 48 million people are expected to travel over the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, and the American Red Cross is urging travelers to stay safe by offering tips to travelers.
According to experts, nearly 50 million people are expected to travel at least 50 miles between November 23 – 27 to visit loved ones over the holiday weekend. Travel risks can be greater at this time of year as more vehicles are on the roads, weather conditions may be dangerous and drivers can be distracted by the holiday season. Plan ahead and expect delays.
DRIVING SAFETY Drivers can follow these Red Cross tips to help make their trip a safe one:
WINTER DRIVING SAFETY If road conditions are dangerous:
AIR, TRAIN TRAVEL It’s flu season. If someone has been sick or been in contact with someone who is sick, they should consider postponing their trip. They could be contagious for a week before symptoms appear.
WEATHER ALERTS AND FIRST AID TIPS People can download the Red Cross Emergency App for instant access to winter storm tips and weather alerts for their area and where loved-ones live. Expert medical guidance and a hospital locator are included in the First Aid App in case travelers encounter any mishaps. Both apps are available to download for free in app stores or at redcross.org/apps.
The Red Cross hopes everyone will have a safe and fun Thanksgiving holiday.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.