GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — Turkey time is inching closer, and although the CDC recommends Thanksgiving to be a stay-at-home holiday this year, AAA estimates 48 million Americans will travel by car to a family feast. Therefore, if you decide to travel this Thanksgiving, Colorado State Patrol shares the safest way to get to the turkey and treats COVID free.
Trooper Lucas Johnson says, “a big problem spot we have is the DeBeque Canyon area, and any of those mountain regions where the roads aren’t getting a lot of direct sunlight.” Thereby, if you are traveling on I-70 to Denver, or through other mountain highways, Trooper Johnson suggests to check the road conditions beforehand. COTRIP.ORG offers the latest information about road conditions, and it also has live cameras.
In addition, before you travel to your turkey make sure you fuel up and your tires are up to the Colorado standard. Trooper Johnson says a major problem the state patrol sees is crashes due to inadequate tread on tires. An accident can increase your chances of interacting with more people on your journey, and ultimately, heighten your risk of COVID exposure. Therefore, other recommendations by experts are to make the least amount of stops on your trip as possible, wear a mask, bring hand sanitizer, use drive-thrus instead of crowded indoor dinning spaces, and pack an emergency kit. Trooper Johnson says the best kits include water, extra food, and a blanket.
Lastly, if something does go wrong, Trooper Johnson says to get away from hazardous conditions. He adds, “if you slide off the road, stay off the road. If you are able to move the car move the car.”