5 Tips for a Safer Thanksgiving Road Trip

Heading out on a Thanksgiving road trip? Read this guide first!

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, plenty of Americans are preparing to travel to visit friends and loved ones. Whether you’re heading north to visit the in-laws or south to catch the last of the autumn sun, it’s essential to prepare for your Thanksgiving road trip ahead of time.

Plan Ahead

Take some time now to prepare for your trip. Plot out a route, along with an alternative route just in case, and locate rest areas and gas stations. On the day of, plug in your destination on your GPS device to receive real-time updates about accidents, traffic, and road closures. Before you get on a highway, know your exit by name and number, and what the signs are as you near the off-ramp. Leave early so that you’re not rushed.

Check Tire Pressure

Your tires are what keeps your vehicle on the road – literally. Check the tire pressure when the car is cold and top up as needed. If you’re going to be driving over rough terrain, ensure that your tires have enough wear and tread on them to last. If not, replace them!

Watch Out for Trucks

Remember that larger vehicles take a longer time to come to a complete stop, so avoid cutting quickly in front of them. Be aware of their blind spots and always stay far behind them so that they can see you in their mirrors.

Review Your Emergency Kit

Your car’s emergency supply kit should include a battery-powered radio, flashlight, blanket, jumper cables, first aid kit, bottled water, non-perishable foods, maps, a tire repair kit, and flares. Remember to bring your cell phone car charger, too!

Keep an Eye on It

Distracted driving is a major cause of traffic accidents. Even if the kids are bored in the backseat, don’t take your eyes off the road. Drive safely – and bring games for the children if you need to!

Drive safely and watch out for those who don’t! Enjoy this Thanksgiving holiday by creating magical memories, not tragic ones. From the team at Humble & Davenport Insurance, we hope that you have a wonderful Thanksgiving road trip. For the auto insurance that you need and deserve before the trip, contact us in Renton, Washington today.

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