Thanksgiving Weekend: Friends, family, and travel!
November 22nd, 2010
Thanksgiving comes at the perfect time of the semester! We get a break just as we need a little rest and relaxation for the last push before finals. It is a time to celebrate and enjoy your friends and family. For a number of us, Thanksgiving weekend includes lots of traveling. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported 411 car crashes over the 2009 Thanksgiving weekend with 34% of those being alcohol related. Here a few safety tips to remember when you hit the road this holiday weekend:
- Never drink and drive! When you consume alcohol one of the first things to be affected is your judgement, decision making, and reflexes. Remember, buzzed driving is drunk driving.
- Wear your seat belt. Seat belts save lives, what more proof do we need?
- Don't depend on caffeine or energy drinks to keep you alert. They may increase your alertness for a period of time but then you will crash.
- Get enough sleep so that you aren't drowsy while driving. When traveling long distances, take a break every 2 hours to stretch your legs and breathe in some fresh air.
- Don't text and drive! Wait until you take a break or reach your destination to text.
As college students, Thanksgiving Weekend sometimes has a feeling of a high school reunion weekend as you catch up and get together with old classmates and friends from your hometown. If your "reunion" involves the consumption of alcohol, remember to designate a sober driver or call for a taxi.
Be safe, be thankful, and return to us with a rested mind and body!