Driving tips for travel to Grandma's house for Thanksgiving

  • Tip # 1 : Watch out for the weather. Check a app to get the weather conditions where you are traveling to. There could be icy or snow conditions and you want to allow extra travel time for bad weather conditions. 
  • Tip # 2 : Get a pre trip inspection before you travel. Check the wipers and fluid levels. Have the oil and filter changed. Have your shop check the battery, tires, brakes, headlights for proper aim, and have them do a complete inspection for any potential problems. Have you shop check the spare tire pressure and condition. You want to take care of all those things before you start the trip.  
  • Tip # 3 : Think about the route you are taking, you may want to take a alternate route if the traffic gets bad.
  • Tip # 4 : Practice alert driving habits.  Adjust the mirrors and your seat for your comfort. Make sure everyone is wearing a seat belt. Seat belts save lives!  Make sure you have a full tank of fuel. Wear the correct eyewear, include your sunglasses before you leave.  Make sure you follow the speed limit. Getting there a few minutes later safe is better than getting in a accident or a speeding ticket. Keep enough space between you and the car in front of you. Remember when following a semi or large truck that they can not see you if you are following to close. 
  • Tip # 5 : Avoid peak times of travel. Usually the Wednesday before and the Sunday after Thanksgiving day have the most people on the road. 
  • Tip # 6:  Beware of Blackout Wednesday. The Wednesday before Thanksgiving is traditionally know as the day when there is a lot of alcohol being consumed. This means that you will be        sharing the road with people that are under the influence of alcohol.  It is one of the highest days for alcohol impaired crashes.  
  • Tip # 7   Be prepared for emergencies. When traveling in cold weather it is better to always be prepared. Carry gloves, blankets, flares, shovel, kitty liter or sand for traction, flashlight with good batteries, ice scraper, and a fully charged cell phone.
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