Although gas prices are still through the roof, it’s projected that the vast majority of Americans will still incorporate travel into their Thanksgiving plans. Many are planning to spend the holiday seeing relatives that they haven’t been able to visit in a long time, and that almost always includes plenty of driving.
Even taking a plane often involves a fair amount of driving. You can’t always use a rideshare service to get everywhere. You may even be renting a car, meaning you’ll have to get familiar with new controls and handling, which is even more reason to be extra cautious behind the wheel.
Despite the high prices that people are paying at the pumps, many still find driving to be the most economical means of travel. For many individuals, life is just easier when they have access to a vehicle. Driving gives you the flexibility to decide which route to take, when you want to get there, and how many stops you want to take along the way. You’re free to make any detours to visit other friends or relatives who live nearby without needing to pay a steep cab fare.
If it’s what it takes to allow you to feel more comfortable, at ease and in control of the situation, it may seem more than worth it to drive. When you’re the appointed driver for your family’s Thanksgiving vacation, there are some simple steps you should take to avoid getting into an accident.
Make sure your car is roadworthy
It’s always wise to give your vehicle a proper checkup — or better yet, have the professionals do it. This is the best way to make sure your car is ready for the open road. The brakes, battery and tires are good bases to cover.
After all, you don’t want to get stranded halfway to your destination — or worse, have a blowout at high speeds on the busy freeway. These types of car troubles aren’t just inconvenient, they may cause motor vehicle accidents. Without an inspection, problems like this may happen at any time.
It’s never easy to plan for a big holiday road trip. You’re doing yourself and your family a huge favor when you plan in advance, inspect your vehicle and give yourself plenty of time to arrive at your destination. The best kind of vacation is always a safe one.