For Immediate Release:
November 25, 2019

Tim Weisberg
OTS Marketing and Public Affairs
(916) 509-3020

The OTS Asks Public to “Go Safely” During Thanksgiving Holiday

Millions plan to drive for busy travel period

Elk Grove, Calif. – Planning on hitting the road to spend time with friends and family for Thanksgiving? You will be joining millions across the country who will be on the roadways during the extended holiday.

This week, AAA estimates nearly 50 million Americans will travel by car for at least 50 miles. The California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) is asking everyone on the road to Go Safely and allow extra time to get to their destination.

“Thanksgiving traffic is inevitable, especially for those who travel the day before Thanksgiving to be with family and friends,” OTS Director Barbara Rooney said. “We encourage all drivers to stay alert and be patient on the road in order to arrive safely at their destination.”

The OTS has the following tips to ensure your holiday starts and ends on a positive note:

  • Drive a car that is road ready: Check the battery, brakes, windshield wipers, defroster, heater, headlights and taillights to make sure they are all
  • Vehicle tires, including the spare, should not be worn and have the proper
  • Always carry chains if you are driving through the
  • When it is raining, foggy or snowing, slow down and keep a safe distance from the next It will take longer to stop the car in rain or snow.
  • Pack an emergency kit that includes things such as a phone charger, flashlight, first aid supplies, jumper cables, chains, tire iron, emergency flares, and plenty of snacks and
  • Minimize distractions and avoid using a cell phone while driving.
  • Get adequate sleep. Take turns driving if traveling long
  • Never drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Over-the-counter medications, prescription drugs and marijuana can affect your ability to drive, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs.

Drivers can check road and traffic conditions, as well as find roadside rest areas, by using the Caltrans QuickMap at There is also a free QuickMap app available on the App Store and Google Play.

The OTS administers funding for traffic safety programs statewide with the goal of reducing crashes that result in deaths, injuries, and economic losses. The OTS is a department under the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA).




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