Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Thanksgiving Driving Tips

The Thanksgiving holiday is one of the busiest travel periods of the year. To help you get to your holiday destination as easily at possible, Caltrans is suspending construction closures from Wednesday, November 25, at 6 a.m. through Sunday, November 29, at midnight. Enjoy your construction-cone-free four-day weekend!*

And, because we're in a Thanksgiving mood, we're also going to give you a heaping serving of holiday driving tips! Yes, you DO have room:

+ Driving is a complex task, requiring your full attention. Anything that diverts your eyes or attention from the roadway, even for one or two seconds, could result in tragedy. Stay off your phone!

+ The law is explicit: Driving with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08% or more is illegal, but a driver with a lower BAC may also be a hazard and taken to jail.

+ Prepare for potential inclement weather by leaving early and allowing plenty of time to get where you’re going. Make sure your gas tank is full. Always leave ample distance between your vehicle and the one ahead of you.

+ If you’re heading to mountain country or anywhere you may encounter snow, bring chains, chain tighteners, and warm, waterproof clothing. Other items that may prove useful: flares, flashlight and strong batteries, small shovel, windshield scraper, blankets, drinking water and snacks.

+ Check the Caltrans QuickMap to get real-time traffic info before you leave. 511 is another terrific resource. Keep in mind that many people will be returning from holiday travels on Sunday afternoon and evening, so plan your route carefully and leave extra time.

A very happy Thanksgiving from the Caltrans family to yours! And remember, those who cook do not clean up. 

*Unplanned closures may be implemented, such as those required for accident response and emergency maintenance operations.