According to U.S. holiday travel statistics reported by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Thanksgiving is among the busiest long-distance travel periods of the year. Compared to the average number of yearly long-distance trips (to and from a destination 50 miles or more away), the Thanksgiving period increases these kind of journeys by 54%. 91% of most long-distance travel during the holidays is taken by car. With that many people sharing the road, the likelihood of an accident increases drastically as well.
Here are some travel tips for a safe Thanksgiving holiday with loved ones:
Full Tank and Car Maintenance
Before beginning your journey, fill up your gas tank to limit the number of pit stops. In addition to fueling up, check the tire pressures and inspect car fluids. The last thing on your mind is car trouble.
In the event of an accident or medical issue, equip your vehicle with an emergency kit, consisting of a blanket, first-aid kid, flashlight, and other useful supplies. A case of bottled water and extra snacks. If you have children, games, videos/DVDs, and music should keep them occupied during the trip. Aside from gathering items, plan your route by checking for gas stations or restaurants on the way to your destination.
Since your car has a specified carrying capacity, check the total weight limit by looking at the placard inside the driver’s door jamb. Ensure you aren’t overloading your vehicle with passengers and luggage.
During the busy holiday travel season, don’t be surprised by heavy traffic. You can avoid long periods of traffic by either departing early in the morning, or late at night. If not, have a GPS device handy to determine alternative routes to avoid the congestion.
Texting and driving don’t mix, especially during a long drive. Designate one of your family members to communicate with anxious loved ones waiting for your family’s arrival.
Check the Weather
Rain or snow, both happen to slow down traffic tremendously. Plan accordingly to the weather reports, so you won’t be stuck for long periods of time during a storm.
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