Tips for a safer Thanksgiving driving experience.
Thanksgiving is the perfect time to gather around with family we haven’t seen in a while, overindulge in pumpkin pie, and enjoy some time off work. Wherever you’re celebrating this Thanksgiving holiday, it’s likely that you’ll be driving at least some of the way. With the increased number of cars on the road over the holiday, getting into an accident or being stuck for hours in traffic is entirely likely. To help protect your vehicle, family, and holiday, take a look at these driving tips.
- Prepare for heavier traffic than normal. If possible, leave earlier than other drivers will – ideally on Tuesday and Saturday.
- Listen to weather reports and make sure to adjust your driving accordingly.
- Only head out on the long drive if you’re well-rested. Driver fatigue can result in poor driving decisions.
- Prepare your car for the journey. Take it for a tune-up and top up all fluids.
- Make sure the tires are at the correct pressure and have plenty of tread to grip the roads.
- Leave a safe distance between you and the car ahead of you.
- Be patient with tourists and truck drivers who may be driving slowly.
- Always stick to the speed limit.
- Never drive distracted. Put your phone away, keep the kids entertained, and set up the GPS before setting off.
- Don’t drive if you’ve been drinking alcohol.
- Buckle up and make sure everyone in the car does, too.