If your Thanksgiving plans include road travel, you will be joining millions of other drivers nationwide. Even if you just plan to hop in the car and take advantage of the Black Friday sales, you’ll still rely on your vehicle to keep you safe on the traffic-laden roads and in the jammed parking lots. Holiday weekends, especially Thanksgiving weekend, can be very stressful on your car, truck, or SUV. United Auto Care offers the following tips to help your vehicle handle the holiday with ease.
1. Avoid Thanksgiving Holiday Weekends Auto Breakdowns
For those heading out on long drives to relatives’ houses for holiday weekends, now is the time to check your vehicle’s scheduled maintenance list to make sure nothing is due or overdue. Prevention is the best medicine, and you’ll see plenty of stranded cars along the way due to problems with the battery, cooling system, engine, exhaust, tires, or transmission. Don’t be one of those cars. Get a vehicle check now.
2. Emergency Supplies to Keep You Safe Just in Case
Pack emergency supplies, too, just in case. You never know when you’ll hit a freak storm or there will be a major accident in front of you that shuts down the roads for hours. For you and your family, pack
- Bottled water
- Cell charger
- First aid kit
- Flashlight/extra batteries
- Non-perishable food
- Paper map
- Pocket knife
Pack an emergency kit for your vehicle, as well. It should include antifreeze/coolant, an empty gas can, jumper cables, motor oil, sand or cat litter, and a windshield ice scraper.
3. Driving Tips to Help You Avoid Incidents and Arrests
Finally, holiday weekend travel tends to be crazier than on other weekends throughout the year. Last year, AAA estimated 55 million people traveled by air or roadways over Thanksgiving weekend. That’s a lot of people trying to get where they want to go. A majority of those people are stressed, so take extra precautions when on the road, even if you’re just driving locally.
Give yourself a few extra hours to get to your destination so you aren’t rushed, can handle being stuck in traffic, and can make plenty of rest stops. Keep your eyes on the road and avoid accidents before they happen with defensive driving maneuvers. Don’t get behind the wheel if you’re tired, intoxicated, or buzzed. Finally, no distractions. Period. Turn off the cell.
Happy Thanksgiving from United Auto Care in Flowery Branch, GA. We’d be happy to service your car before you leave for the holiday weekends.