Smart tips to get ready for your Thanksgiving journey.
When it comes to Thanksgiving travel, it’s important to be prepared. This is the holiday in which most motorists head out on the road to their airport or straight to their destination. Not only does this mean that there is more congestion, but more collisions, reckless drivers, and dangers. Before loading up the car and heading out, check out these safety tips.
- Get your vehicle road ready
If it’s time for an oil change, make sure to get one before heading out on a long Thanksgiving car trip. Now is also the time to check the pressure on all five (don’t forget the spare in the trunk) tires and make sure all of your lights are working. If your vehicle needs a service, schedule it in now! Check the brakes, engine, windshield wipers, and top up the fluids. It’s no fun being stranded in an auto shop in a strange location.
- Map out multiple routes
Sure, you may always take the same route to see Grandma, but what happens if there’s a severe accident and the road is blocked? Map out a couple of routes beforehand, and make sure you have your GPS or a map in the car in case you come across heavy traffic and road closures.
- Be aware of changing weather
November weather can be tricky at times. While it’s sunny and warm in one place, it can be bitterly cold with ice and snow in another. If you’re traveling across the state or country, be sure to pack appropriately and check the weather forecast before leaving.
- Drive safely
It goes without saying that you should always be safe when behind the wheel. With the high number of vehicles on the road, you may find that you need a little more patience, especially when there are trucks, out-of-towners, and traffic. Leave yourself plenty of time to get to your destination and don’t forget to buckle up.