Driving Tips for the Thanksgiving Holiday
Whether you’re escaping the hustle and bustle for a luxury getaway or you’re heading to grandma’s, it’s likely that you’ll be driving to your destination. Unfortunately, so will millions of other drivers. Over Thanksgiving, the roads are often jam-packed, and traveling anywhere can be a nightmare. To make your journey an easy one, here are a few tips to follow.
There’s nothing more stressful than running late when everyone is depending on you to be on time. You should expect to encounter traffic that is heavier than normal, so plan to leave earlier than you originally thought. If possible, travel on Tuesday and Saturday when the roads will be quieter – since Wednesday and Sunday will be the busiest times on the roads.
Prep Your Car
Whether you’re traveling 50 miles or 300 miles, it’s worth ensuring that your vehicle is up for the journey. Take your car to the mechanic beforehand to ensure your tires, windshield wipers, brakes, lights, and battery are in good condition.
If you’re traveling with kids or pets, make sure that you bring all the necessary equipment. The little one should be secure in their seats, and all should be equipped with food, water, and toys to keep them entertained during the drive.
Avoid Road Rage
Road rage incidents seem to increase during the holiday season when people are stressed. If you feel yourself getting annoyed with other drivers, stay calm and take deep breaths. If possible, pull to the side of the road to calm down and let them pass you.
Follow the Rules of the Road
With millions of vehicles on the roads during the Thanksgiving holiday, it’s important to follow the rules of the road. Make sure everyone has their seatbelt fastened. Follow speed limits, and stop at all stop signs and lights.