Driving Safety Tips for Thanksgiving Travel
Thanksgiving is certainly a delightful holiday, as it’s a wonderful time for connecting with family and filling up your belly with a buffet of delicious food. The extended Thanksgiving holiday weekend is also one of the busiest travel days of the year, and with so many motorists on the road, traveling during this time can be quite dangerous. Before you embark on your journey, consider these driving safety tips for Thanksgiving travel.
Make sure your car is in proper working order before going on your trip. Check all fluids and tire pressure and don’t start your trip without a full fuel tank. Bring supplies to prepare yourself for the event of an accident or emergency, such as a first-aid kit, blanket, flashlight and tools.
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Check our car’s load capacity to make sure you’re not overloading it with too much weight. Also, be sure to pack your belongings in a place where they won’t be a hazard. If driving with children, pack enough water, snacks, games, videos/DVDs and music to keep them occupied during your trip.
Use a GPS navigation system to help you get where you’re going, making it easy to find gas stations or restaurants along the way. A Navigator can warn of roadway congestion, assist in finding an alternate route and direct you to emergency services to your location.
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Travel During Non-Peak Times
You can expect to hit a lot of traffic during peak travel times in the middle of the day. Consider driving early in the morning or at night to avoid the traffic.
Check the weather forecast and plan your travel time accordingly. If you’re driving in wintery weather, make sure you clear off the snow and ice for better visibility, allow for longer braking distances and reduce your speed.
Basic Safety Tips
Always use your seatbelts and make sure children are properly secured in a car seat and are seated in the rear seats if they are under 13. Avoid distractions and don’t use your cellphone or text while driving. Traveling long distances can be tiring and stressful, so do your best to stay keep in control and stop and rest if needed.
Here at Capistrano Volkswagen, we hope you have a happy and safe Thanksgiving. If you’re interested in reading more about vehicle tips and any news on Volkswagen models, be sure to follow us on the Capistrano Volkswagen Blog.