Many Americans use their vehicles to travel to see their loved ones for the Thanksgiving holiday. Whether you’re making a trip across town or traveling for hours to a different state, there is specific planning that you should consider. Your safety on the road is just as important as seeing your loved ones for this holiday. That is why the team at Thom’s Four Wheel Drive and Auto Service, Inc. recommends that you follow these safe driving tips:
Check the weather - The weather can be pretty unpredictable. Get ready for fog, rain, or even snow wherever you go. Make sure you frequently check the weather forecast to manage your expectations better as bad weather can lead to traffic slowdowns and jams.
Avoid the busiest days - The day right before Thanksgiving and the Sunday after are the busiest travel days. If your schedule is flexible this year, consider starting your travels on Monday, Tuesday, or even the weekend before.
Bring an emergency kit - An emergency kit is good to have year-round in your car. But you should especially have one on hand during the busy holiday season. Your emergency kit should include bottled blankets, flashlights, extra batteries, a first-aid kit, road flares, a tool kit, a spare tire kit, water, and non-perishable foods. When you plan for the unexpected, it will be less stressful to deal with.
Don't drive impaired - Driving requires your full attention. That is why you should never get behind the wheel while intoxicated or drowsy. Did you know that both conditions have similar effects on drivers? If you have a couple of drinks over the holidays, plan to have a designated driver to get you from point a to point b. And if you have a long road trip ahead of you, make sure you get the rest you need. Don’t put others’ lives in danger at your own risk.
Have your vehicle checked out - The surest way to ensure your vehicle is fit to handle all the hazards on the road is to have a professional mechanic inspect it. We can check your battery, tires, brakes, wipers, car fluids, and more to ensure they meet safety standards. Sometimes, it is better to get your oil changed and tires rotated early for lengthier road travel.
If you are looking for quality seasonal auto maintenance, turn to the reliable team at Thom’s Four Wheel Drive and Auto Service, Inc.