Traveling for Thanksgiving? Here are some safety tips from us here at All Car Shop:
Plan Your Trip Ahead of Time
An effective strategy to avoid auto accidents is to plan the route you intend to take before your trip. Preparing for your trip can help put you at an advantage in several ways, such as:
Knowing your total travel time to reach your destination; this will allow you to plan enough time to reach your destination without rushing or compromising safety
Planning around peak traffic times in major cities along your route; avoid traffic and associated delays to arrive at your destination on time • Discovering construction along our route and other hazards that could add time to your travel
Identifying poor weather you may encounter on your trip and adding additional time to travel safely
Mapping alternate routes in case of delays so that adjusting your travel plan can be done easily in the moment
Perform Vehicle Maintenance
Be sure to take care of your vehicle prior to leaving so it can safely reach your destination. Give us a call here at the shop at 407-847-8433 for all of your pre-trip maintenance. The following maintenance checks should be performed before your road trip:
Headlights, tail lights, brake lights and turn signals
Fluid levels – add fluid if levels are low
Windshield wipers, replacing if needed
Keep in mind you may encounter rain, sleet, or snow
Your tire pressure may drop in cold temperatures, causing your tire light to illuminate.
Battery and ignition system function
Thermostat, defrost and heating system
Exhaust system, to ensure proper functioning
Pack Emergency Supplies
Make sure your vehicle is equipped with emergency supplies in case of accident, poor weather or a breakdown. Keep the following items on-hand in your vehicle:
Cellphone charger and battery
Emergency radio (you can download a walkie-talkie app on your phone that will work even without cell service)
Cat litter to assist with tire traction
First aid kit
Basic tool set
Pet supplies, if you are traveling with a pet
Keep contact information for your roadside assistance plan handy in case you experience a flat tire or breakdown during your Thanksgiving travel.
Top off your gas tank each time you stop to avoid running out of gas; never let the tank fall below one-fourth full.
Never Drive Drowsy
If you intend to drive for long periods of time during the Thanksgiving holiday, make sure you get plenty of rest the night before.
Drowsy driving can have the same effect on drivers as consuming alcohol. Sleep deprivation can significantly impair your decision-making abilities and reaction times.
If you begin to feel tired or drowsy while driving, pull over to a safe location and take a rest break. If necessary, take a 15 to 20-minute nap or step out of your vehicle and take a walk around to get some fresh air. If possible, allow a second driver to take over when you feel you need to rest.
Another travel tip our attorneys highly recommend is to cut distractions while driving during the Thanksgiving holiday. You may be able to avoid a serious auto accident by eliminating these common driver distractions:
Talking or texting on a cellphone
Eating or drinking
Keep these tips in mind, and if you have any concerns about your vehicle prior to travel please don’t hesitate to give us a call here at All Car Shop.
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