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Staying Safe During Holiday Travel

November 6, 2019, 12:00 am

On the road for Turkey Day? Hitting the highway to visit family and friends is often the toughest part of a big weekend. There are ways to make your holiday travel easier, and we’ve put together a few of our top tips to make it more festive and less stressful. 

Choose Your Departure Wisely. According to Google Maps, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the Sunday after are the busiest times and see the most amount of cars on the road. Additionally, some regions see some specific peak travel times within those two days. When in doubt, leave an hour before you’re planning on it, especially if your travels take you through busy urban centers like Detroit, Grand Rapids, or other big cities. 

Plan Your Service Ahead of Time. If you know you’ll be on the road throughout the holidays, get your car in for an oil change, scheduled maintenance, and an in-depth inspection before the rush. Identifying any potential problems and addressing them before the rush of travel can prevent breakdowns or unnecessary headaches, and let you focus on enjoying the drive. It’s also a good idea to change your tires before the snow flies to avoid the rush most tire stores see in the first two weeks of snowy roads. 

Have A Survival Kit. Tucked in the backseat or trunk, put together a roadside kit in case of emergency. Your kit should include sand or kitty litter, a shovel, a flashlight, flares or hazard triangles, and a spare tire, jack, and wrench. For comfort, bring a blanket, snacks, and consider packing hand warmers. We also like bringing an external battery to make sure you can charge your cell phone without relying on the car battery. 

Drive Extra Safe. Even if you’re a safe, cautious driver, the holidays can get crazy. Take extra precautions on busy roads by leaving extra space between yourself and other vehicles, use your turn signal early and leave it on longer than normal, and reduce speed in areas with marked amounts of snow, ice, rain, or reduced visibility. When all else fails, take a deep breath and stay calm. If you need to take a break and rest, do it. There’s no rush worth risking your life over. Go slow, turn up the holiday music, and enjoy the time with your family, even if it’s in transit! 

 

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