Thanksgiving Day is one of the most celebrated holidays in the US. And traditionally, hundreds and thousands of individuals will drive miles and miles to celebrate with their loved ones. As excited as you may be for Thanksgiving and the delicious eats, you need to take extra precautions before leaving for your parents or grandparents. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway and Safety, the day before Thanksgiving is one of the dangerous days of the year to drive. With that being said, here are five driving tips that will ensure your safety this holiday!
Tip 1 - Practice safe driving etiquette
Carelessness is the number cause of car accidents in the United States, so you should avoid them by practicing safe driving. Safe driving can be as basic as buckling up and checking your mirrors. Furthermore, make sure you have your hands on the steering wheel and your eyes on the road at all times.
Tip 2 - Put away your distractions
The most dangerous threat to your driving is your cell phone. You should never text and drive or call and drive in the first place, considering it is illegal. Other prevalent distractions include:
- Eating and drinking (non-alcoholic beverages) while driving
- Moving objects
- Loud noise
- Adjusting audio and climate controls
If you need to do any of these things, pull over until it's safe to do so or have another passenger do it for you.
Tip 3 - Make sure you're well-rested
If you know that you will be doing a lot of driving for the holidays, please make sure you get a good night of sleep before you hit the road. The more rested you are, the more alert you can be of the road. If you are carpooling with others and it's a more extended trip, consider switching off.
Tip 4 - A pre-trip inspection can pay off
You can bring your car to a trusted auto repair shop like Revolution Motorworks for a pre-trip inspection. Our ASE-certified techs can make sure the ins and outs of your vehicle can work to keep you safe on your trip.
Wherever you go and who you choose to be with for Thanksgiving, we hope you stay healthy and safe! Happy Thanksgiving from the team at Revolution Motorworks.