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thanksgiving-travel-2018As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, motorists in Massachusetts and across the country will be headed out to visit family and friends. AAA predicts that nearly 49 million Americans will be traveling by car during the holiday weekend, and as more people hit the road, practicing safe driving habits is more important than ever. With heavily congested roads, motorists are vulnerable to blind spots, fender benders and other common traffic mishaps, so MassDOT and MAPFRE Insurance are teaming up to remind motorists to drive safe this Thanksgiving.

Although traveling to the main event meal is a main concern, motorists also need to be aware of the dangers of Thanksgiving Eve. Thanksgiving Eve is the cultural phenomenon referring to the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, an evening associated with bars and drinking. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), from 2012 to 2016, over 800 people were killed due to alcohol-impaired driving during the Thanksgiving holiday period, making it the deadliest holiday on our roads.

In 2016 alone, alcohol-related car crashes killed 10,497 people, with an estimated cost of $44 billion in damages, making it not only one of the deadliest, but costliest. Your families’ safety is a top priority, which is why it is imperative to take the proper precautions while on the road. During this Thanksgiving holiday period, ensure your family knows the potential dangers. It’s important to maintain an open conversation about safe driving habits, such as always wearing seat belts and not texting while driving, but also to ensure not getting behind the wheel after consuming alcohol.

MassDOT and MAPFRE want everyone to arrive at their Thanksgiving destinations safely, and you can rest assured knowing that the MassDOT Highway Assistance Program sponsored by MAPFRE Insurance is here to help with fixing minor mechanical problems, flat tires, fuel shortages, and emergency situations. The Highway Assist Patrol drivers monitor the state’s busiest highways and turnpikes around Metro Boston, Worcester, Springfield & Cape Cod (seasonal) Monday through Friday during the peak hours of 6:00AM-10:00AM and 3:00PM-7:00PM. MAPFRE understands how valuable this program is to Bay State residents and their families, and we are proud to sponsor this vital program that helps people during the busiest holidays, as well as all year round. Safe Travels!

Written By Patrick McDonald, CPCU, CEO, Northeast Region, MAPFRE Insurance

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