Ahh, Thanksgiving - It's time to gather up the family and drive to Grandma's house or Aunt Dorothy's to hang out with the relatives and eat too much! Of the more than 46 million people that will be traveling Thanksgiving weekend, 90% of them are traveling by car. Here are some holiday travel tips that may help…
Before you leave
- Make sure your vehicle is ready for the trip. Make a vehicle service appointment to have the following checked out, lights, wiper blades, oil, tires (condition and pressure level), belts and hoses, brake fluid, antifreeze fluid and the battery.
- Plan your route, check traffic reports and weather conditions before you leave.
On the road
- Buckle Up! And make sure the kids are in age appropriate safety seats.
- Make sure you're rested and alert.
- Don't be distracted by your mobile devices.
- Allow plenty of travel time to avoid stress and watch your speed.
- Don't drink and drive.
No matter how much maintenance you do before a trip, there's no guarantee that you won't have car troubles out on the road. So, having a roadside emergency kit can make a breakdown a lot less stressful. Make sure you pack a blanket, a flashlight with fresh batteries, and some extra food and water just in case.
Other items you might want to have handy...
- A spare set of keys to your car.
- A copy of your car's warranty and contact information for your emergency car care service.
- Whether you have roadside assistance through your car's warranty, insurance or you belong to an auto care club like Automobile Club of America, make sure you have the emergency contact number.
They say the worst travel day is Wednesday before Thanksgiving. And the worst time to be on the road is between 3 pm and 6 pm. This can stress to your holiday road trip. Avoiding the roads on the Wednesday before the holiday and the Sunday after, can ease some of the driving stress. Prepare early and drive safely so you can enjoy the holiday with your family.
To schedule a maintenance check before you hit the road, call Hillside Auto Repair in Torrance to set up an appointment at 310-373-7676, or click here to request one online: