Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel days of the year, one reason we at Carl Hogan Automotive have compiled a list of Thanksgiving travel tips. Believe it or not, AAA announced last year that over 48 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more for the holiday, which means roads will be even more hectic and driving will be more stressful.
According to the American Red Cross, you should give yourself extra time to avoid unnecessary stress. In particular, one major cause of accidents is driver fatigue, something that can easily be avoided if you allow yourself proper time to rest. If you didn’t get seven to nine hours of sleep the night before going on a road trip, take a few extra hours to rest.
Next, avoid aggressive driving. Take deep breaths behind the wheel, avoid speeding, and don’t tailgate. Aggressive driving can not only be dangerous, but it can also drastically reduce fuel economy. If you find yourself getting stressed out this Thanksgiving, consider pulling off on the side of the road until you calm down.
Finally, bring in your car for regular maintenance. If you’re taking a road trip this Thanksgiving, you’ll want to have your car inspected. Have an oil change if necessary, and have a professional check the tires, battery, and alignment. You can’t be too careful on the road. These are just some of the things you can do to make any Thanksgiving trip safer and more relaxing.