ANCHORAGE (Nov. 15, 2018) — Thanksgiving is just around the corner and thousands of people will soon take to the road and the kitchen to share the holiday with loved ones. Because Thanksgiving is a peak time for congested travel on snow-covered highways and home cooking fires, the American Red Cross of Alaska asks everyone to take a few simple steps to help stay safe this holiday season.
WINTER TRAVEL SAFETY
Each year, thousands of people take to Alaska’s road system to spend Thanksgiving with family and friends - making it one of the busiest times for road traffic. Whether driving across town to do some holiday shopping or traveling hundreds of miles to spend time with loved ones, planning ahead is essential to alleviating stress and staying safe in your vehicle if an emergency occurs.
Winter storms, including high winds, heavy snow and freezing rain, can strike quickly and without warning, making driving conditions hazardous. In addition to dangerous road conditions, rapid accumulation of heavy snow can mire and even strand travelers on the road in remote areas. Preparing now could save your life later.