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Traveling by car this Thanksgiving? You're going to have some company on the road

Later this week, people throughout Rhode Island and the Northeastern United States will set out by car, train and airplane to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends. While Thanksgiving is always a busy travel time, this year the American Automobile Association estimates that area roads and highways will be even more congested as this year's lower gas prices will likely encourage even more people to travel via motor vehicle.

In total AAA estimates that, from this Wednesday to Sunday, some 47 million people throughout the U.S. "will travel at least 50 miles from home. For those residents in and around Newport who plan to be among this year's holiday travelers, it's important to plan ahead and be prepared for heavy traffic and delays.

This means that individuals and families traveling via car are advised to allow extra travel time to get to a holiday destination. If grandma's house is 90 minutes away, with the expected heavy traffic, it may take two or more hours to get there. In addition to ensuring one has extra time to get to a desired destination, drivers are also advised to be extra patient and avoid engaging in aggressive or otherwise dangerous driving behaviors.

The most important thing is that everyone arrives at their Thanksgiving celebrations safely. Therefore drivers should avoid speeding, weaving in and out of traffic lanes, tailgating other drivers and passing in no passing zones.

Unfortunately, there will be some drivers who fail to heed this advice and who cause traffic accidents in which other drivers and passengers are injured. For anyone who is involved in a traffic accident caused by an aggressive, distracted or drunk driver; an attorney can assist in recovering compensation.

Source: USA Today, "AAA: Nearly 47M Americans will travel for Thanksgiving," Bart Jansen, Nov. 17, 2015

Traveling by car this Thanksgiving? You're going to have some company on the road

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