With Thanksgiving just around the corner, many people across the nation are preparing to travel. Whether you’re heading north to visit the in-laws or south to catch a break from the city, it’s essential to prepare for your Thanksgiving road trip beforehand.
Take some time now to prepare for your trip. Plot out a route, along with an alternative just in case, and locate rest stops and gas stations. On the day of, put your destination on your GPS device to receive real-time updates about traffic, accidents, and road closures. Before you get on a highway, know your exit by name and number, and what the signs are as you near the off-ramp. Leave early so that you’re not pressured for time as, more than likely, the roads will be busy.
Tune Up the Car
Your tires are what keeps your vehicle on the road so it’s well worth they’re up for a journey before setting off. Check the tire pressure when the car is cold and top up as needed. Also, check that the tires are in good condition and have enough wear to last the entire length of the journey and back. If not, replace them! It’s also a good time to take your car in for a tune-up to get the heating/cooling system checked out, fluids topped up, brakes tested, and oil changed.
Watch Out for Trucks
Remember that larger vehicles take a longer time to come to a complete stop, so avoid cutting quickly in front of them. Be aware of their blind spots and always stay far behind them so that they can see you in their mirrors.
Review Your Emergency Kit
Your car’s emergency supply kit should include a battery-powered radio, flashlight, blanket, jumper cables, first aid kit, bottled water, non-perishable foods, maps, a tire repair kit, and flares. Remember to bring your cell phone car charger, too!
Keep an Eye on It
Distracted driving is a major cause of traffic accidents. Even if the kids are bored in the backseat, don’t take your eyes off the road. Drive safely – and bring games for the children if you need to!
Stay Safe on Fall Roads
The season of fall brings an entirely new set of challenges to the road. Check out our previous blog post about driving safely during fall.
Drive safely and watch out for those who don’t! Enjoy this Thanksgiving holiday by creating magical memories, not tragic ones. From the team at Abatelli Group, Inc., we hope that you have a wonderful Thanksgiving road trip. For the auto insurance that you need and deserve before the trip, contact us in Whitestone, New York today.