Get to Thanksgiving Dinner Safely This Year

The holidays can be a stressful time for everyone. Don’t let driving to your favorite holiday meal add to your stress. Autosaver Max is here to help you out with a few safety tips to help your drive go as smooth as gravy.

Check Before You Go

Before you leave for your holiday drive, make sure to check your vehicle accordingly. Stress makes us forget, so let this be your friendly reminder to check your gas tank and fill-up the night before if necessary. With the cold weather, you’ll also want to check your tire pressure and make sure it is the correct PSI. Did you know your tires can lose 1 PSI for every 10-degree fahrenheit drop in air temperature? 

With busy schedules, we often forget to take care of regular maintenance. Do you know when was the last time your car received an oil change? If you have a long drive ahead of you and it’s been awhile, it’s best to play it safe and change your oil before your Thanksgiving drive. When you’re ready to turn your car on, make sure it doesn’t light up like a Christmas Tree. Any warning lights lit up on your dashboard should be checked out before you take your next family trip. Don’t have time to do preventive maintenance on your own? Schedule your next oil change or service appointment at Autosaver Max in South Burlington today!

General driving tips 

The holidays have a lot piled on everyone’s plate, so please be courteous to other drivers on the road. Everyone is trying to make it to their family, so there’s no need to tailgate other drivers. Set your cruise control and enjoy the drive. While you’re thinking about all of the turkey and pumpkin pie you’ll be eating soon, remember to use your turn signal and check your blind spot before changing lanes on the highway. 

Anticipating a Wet or White Thanksgiving

Mother nature doesn’t care what day it is. If it wants to rain or snow, it’ll do so regardless of your plans. If there’s rain or snow in the forecast, make sure your wiper blades work. Did you know they should be replaced about once a year? Visibility is important when driving in any inclement weather. Make sure to turn on your headlights as well, so other vehicles on the road can see you easier as well. Be cautious with slick driving conditions, and drive an appropriate speed. If the roads are wet, you should reduce your speed by ? and if the roads are snow covered reduce your speed by ½ or more. Not every vehicle drives the same in inclement weather conditions, so make sure to leave ample space between you and the car in front of you.

Feeling Tired?

After eating all of that turkey, make sure you’re not too tired to drive. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimated that drowsy driving was responsible for 72,000 crashes in 2013. Take a nap or grab a cup of coffee for the drive home to prevent driving while fatigued. Grab a plate of leftovers, and pack the family in the car and drive home safe after a successful Thanksgiving.

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