Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and nobody wants to spend their holiday time in a car, especially when there’s the promise of good eats at the end of your journey. So for those of you who are traveling to celebrate Thanksgiving, here are some ways you should prepare before you head out next week and to help you along the way.
Thanksgiving Road Trip Car Safety Tips
Have your car serviced. If you’re driving long distances or to an area known for inclement weather, be certain the heater and defroster are working properly, the battery is in good working order, your tire tread and tire pressure are up to the proper specs. Check your wiper blades and consider winter wiper blades before winter hits. You’ll also want to make sure your brakes, fluids, lights, etc. are all in working order.
Fuel up before you leave. To further avoid traffic or delays, fill up your car in advance—at least the day before.
Traffic & Routes – Keep in mind that Wednesday will be the worst day for traffic. One way to combat this is to leave early in the morning and keep some driving apps handy to help you plan for an alternate route. But, remember that they can only do so much when there are a lot of cars on the road.
Load your Car Safely. If you bring luggage, make sure to check your vehicle’s weight limits and load your car correctly so all windows are still visible. Also, check the load range for your tires, this is a common cause for roadside blowouts. If you’re bringing prepared dishes, secure them inside of a cardboard box or and use bungee cords. If traffic comes to a halt, the last thing you want to be thinking about is your sweet potato casserole spilling all over your cargo area.
Plan for your kid’s needs. If you’re traveling more than 30 minutes with kids, especially little kids, make sure to have activities, movies, or toys on hand and within their reach. Here are some printable Thanksgiving coloring pages you can print and take with you. If it’s going to be a long drive, pack some snacks and drinks too, so you’ll have fewer stops to make.
Watch the weather. Inclement weather can delay a holiday—or create difficulties in getting home. Keep an eye on weather reports, but make sure you have everything you need in case you have to drive through a storm.
Check your emergency roadside kit. Keep the following items in your trunk: jumper cables, road flares, ice scraper, flashlight, blanket, extra clothes, candle/matches, bottled water, snacks, necessary medications and a first-aid kit. Read our previous blog post for more information on Emergency Roadside Kits. Share a picture of your emergency roadside kit with us on Facebook.
Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at Osceola Garage.
We hope you and your family have safe travels and enjoy lots of turkey and family time. It’s not too late to have your car serviced before your Thanksgiving road trip. You have enough to worry about, like deciding on which pies to bake and bring, or deciding on deep fried or oven roasted turkey. Let Osceola Garage take care of your car worries with our Winterize Maintenance Package; we’ll change your oil, and check all the essentials for you, at a great low price of $89.95. Remember as an Osceola customer; you have the peace of mind knowing that if you need us, we’ll be there with our Nationwide Roadside Assistance.