Louisiana Thanksgiving Travel Safety: DOTD Shares Tips for a Safe Journey

By Evelina Rivers
Published November 21, 2023

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Louisiana – As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) urges motorists to plan their travel and practice safe driving tips to ensure a smooth and safe journey during this busy holiday season.

Thanksgiving has long been recognized as the busiest holiday for travel, and this year is no exception. Motorists can anticipate an increase in traffic along the interstate system throughout Louisiana. Furthermore, with active construction projects taking place across Louisiana, it is crucial for drivers to remain vigilant and adaptable to changing traffic conditions.

To ensure the safety of everyone on the road, DOTD recommends the following safety tips for Thanksgiving travel:

  1. Drive carefully: Be aware of your surroundings and practice defensive driving techniques. Stay focused and avoid any distractions that may divert your attention from the road.
  2. Avoid driving while distracted: Put away your cell phone, avoid eating or drinking, and refrain from any other activities that may take your focus away from driving.
  3. Allow for extra driving time: Plan your journey in advance and allow for extra time to account for potential delays due to heavy traffic or unforeseen circumstances.
  4. Maintain a safe distance: Keep a safe distance between your vehicle and the one in front of you. This will provide you with ample time to react to sudden changes in traffic patterns or road conditions.
  5. Wear your seatbelt: Seatbelts save lives. Make sure everyone in your vehicle is properly restrained, including passengers in the backseat.
  6. Don’t drive impaired: Never drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. If you plan on drinking, designate a sober driver or use alternative transportation options such as taxis or ride-sharing services.
  7. Use headlights when necessary: If your windshield wipers are on due to rain or other inclement weather, ensure that your headlights are also turned on. This will enhance your visibility and help other drivers see you on the road.

Remember, safety should be the top priority for every traveler during the Thanksgiving holiday. By following these tips and motorists can ensure a safe and enjoyable journey to their Thanksgiving destinations. Safe travels!