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How to Prepare for Your Thanksgiving Road Trip (Guest Blog)
By Guest Blogger | November 21, 2014 | Filed in: General


Thanksgiving is the busiest travel time of the year, so before you hit the road this year, make you and your car are prepared with our list below.

Plan Ahead

Using GPS or good old-fashioned maps, plan out the route you’re going to take as well as an alternative in advance. Anticipate the places along the way where delays are most likely to take place and plan out ways to avoid them. This way, if you get caught up in traffic on your determined route, you can switch smoothly to your alternate without losing too much time (or patience.)

Travel at Off-Peak Times

Consider hitting the road on Monday or Tuesday before the crowds rush out on Wednesday. On your way back, consider driving back on Friday and enjoying the weekend at home instead of in traffic on Saturday or Sunday. If you have the time, you might even extend your visit to drive home on Monday to avoid the Sunday rush home. Check out peak hours at toll plazas—many of them list these times online—and plan your trip to avoid traveling through at these times.

Bring Your Toll Device

If you have a toll device that allows your state to electronically collect tolls, make sure to bring it along. This will help you avoid long lines at the toll plazas. If you don’t have one of these devices, make sure that you bring exact change so that you don’t have to worry about stopping for cash or digging around for the right amount.

Beware of Posted Travel Advisories

Before you leave, check out for any posted road travel advisories and current traffic conditions. You could also have a passenger check for updates on their mobile device during your ride to make sure that you know what’s ahead.

Take Breaks

Driving when you’re tired can sometimes be nearly as dangerous as driving under the influence. While it is tempting to push through to get to your location during stressful road trips, make sure to slow down and take breaks when you need to.  

Roadside Emergency Kit

In case you encounter any kind of emergency along the way, make sure that your car is stocked with jumper cables, blankets, non-perishable snacks and bottled water, a first-aid kit, signal flares, flashlight and batteries, jack and lug wrench, maps, and an extra quart of oil. Don’t forget your most important emergency item: a full-charged cell phone loaded with your emergency contact list!

Maintain Your Vehicle

Before you hit the road, have your mechanic give your vehicle a check up to make sure that the car is good working condition. If you don’t have time to visit your mechanic, make sure to check that your tires, brakes, and all fluids, including transmission, oil, and coolant level. Make sure that all of your lights are working so that you can see and be seen on the road. And don’t forget to check your windshield wipers—you don’t want to get caught in bad weather without ones that are working properly.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, keep your eyes on the road and never text and drive. These tips will help you prepare for a road trip during the busy holiday travel season and arrive at your destination safely and on time. We wish you safe travels and a very Happy Thanksgiving!

You Make MADD's Lifesaving Work Possible
By MADD | November 18, 2014 | Filed in: General

As Thanksgiving and the holiday season approaches, we want to take this time to acknowledge and thank some of our supporters who provide products and services that benefit MADD’s mission and our members.

Thank you:

Nationwide® for supporting MADD and our members by offering exclusive insurance discounts for MADD supporters. Each Nationwide policy purchased through this partnership helps support MADD’s efforts. Nationwide is also a presenting sponsor of Power of Parents® and Tie One On For Safety®. Learn more» Nationwide
DialAmerica for donating 12.5% of the purchase price of magazine subscriptions to support the fight against drunk driving. Learn more» 
MADD Virgin Drinks for supporting MADD by offering an alcohol-free beverage alternative for designated drivers, as well as contributing 5% of net wholesale sales from participating Walgreens locations to MADD’s lifesaving efforts. Learn more»
Impact, LLC for donating $1 for each DVD sale of the documentary IMPACT: AFTER THE CRASH, to help commemorate the lives impacted in the worst drunk driving crash in U.S. history and to help raise awareness to prevent future drunk driving tragedies.  Learn more»
The LinkFund for donating 10% of each purchase made from their MADD Mementos Collection, where people can honor their loved ones with custom made bracelets.  Learn more»
UMB Bank for supporting MADD's mission and helping to raise awareness by offering the MADD Visa® Platinum Rewards Card, and donating $50 to MADD per new account when a purchase is made with the card within 90 days of issuance. Learn more»
AmazonSmile for supporting MADD’s programs by donating 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to MADD made through Learn more» amazonsmile.png

And most importantly, thank YOU for your continued support of MADD and our mission. Whether organizations or individuals, the investment of MADD supporters’ time and money saves lives in communities across the nation.  

Fall 2014 MADDvocate
By MADD | November 4, 2014 | Filed in: National President , Volunteers , Drugged Driving , Victim Services , Underage Drinking , Drunk Driving , Power of Parents , General

The Fall Issue of MADDvocate is now available. Read the latest issue of our online magazine that is helping survivors survive.

Your Car Can Save Lives
By MADD | October 13, 2014 | Filed in: General

How can you save lives with an unwanted car?  By donating it to MADD! Better yet, you can get a tax deduction at the same time. It’s a win-win!

Donating is easy. We accept all types of vehicles in any condition — from cars, trucks, SUVs, motorcycles, ATVs, as well as boats. Even a vehicle that isn’t running can be sold for parts and contribute hundreds of dollars to support MADD’s mission.

Step 1: You fill out our online form at, or call 855-448-6233.
Step 2:
We tow the vehicle at no cost to you.
Step 3: We send you a donation receipt.

Your donation helps fund vital programs not just to help end drunk driving but also to support its victims. Every year MADD provides victim services to tens of thousands of victims and survivors nationwide. MADD has helped save 300,000 lives and counting, help add to that number with your car donation.

Please consider donating your vehicle – or helping us spread the word that MADD accepts vehicle donations – and help save lives. 

Learn more at

CARCHEX Grand Opening Celebration Benefits MADD
By MADD | August 1, 2014 | Filed in: General

MADD was honored to participate in our partners at CARCHEX’s Grand Opening last month, which raised $2,000 for MADD. This donation goes towards their larger national partnership donation of $20,000 pledged earlier this year when MADD and CARCHEX formally became partners to support MADD’s mission.

The Grand Opening celebration took place on June 28th at CARCHEX's new headquarters in the Hunt Valley Towne Centre in Maryland. The Baltimore Ravens' Justin Tucker and Jimmy Smith were on site to sign autographs and take red-carpet style photos with fans. The Grand Opening also coincided with a special gathering of automotive enthusiasts where exotic, classic and muscle cars, trucks and SUVs were on display for the audience's enjoyment.

MADD National President Jan Withers attended the event to share MADD’s mission as well as her personal story.

Baltimore Ravens' Justin Tucker and Jimmy Smith

Fans enjoyed a showcase of specialty vehicles, including McLaren and Lamborghini models.

"Our Grand Opening celebration was a tremendous success. We want to thank all of our partners, friends, and especially the Baltimore Ravens for their support," said Jason Goldsmith, CARCHEX CEO. "With their help, we were able to raise money that will go directly to a cause close to our hearts, MADD's mission to end drunk driving."

Thank you CARCHEX for supporting MADD and for inviting us to participate in your Grand Opening celebration! And thank you to everyone who participated in this event and helped support MADD!

Click here to learn more about our partnership with CARCHEX.

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