Thanksgiving Driving Tips for Family Road Trips

Happy Thanksgiving

Driving during the holiday season can be a great source of stress, which you don’t need more of after all the cooking and shopping. These Thanksgiving driving tips will help ensure that you have one less thing to sweat this holiday season.

Get a maintenance check

The key to a stress-free road trip is being up to date on your maintenance. Make sure that you’ve brought your vehicle into Dave Kehl Chevrolet for its regularly scheduled maintenance and service. Especially worth noting in the late fall are your battery, tires, windshield wipers, and lights.

Be prepared for emergencies

It’s good to be prepared for boredom, hunger, and dehydration with fun activities and a snack cooler, but drivers should also be prepared for problems. Bring a winter safety kit, complete with extra blankets, flashlights, jumper cables, cat litter (for getting out of muddy ditches), and whatever else you deem necessary for emergencies.

Avoid traveling Wednesday

When it comes to Thanksgiving road trips, most people do the majority of their driving the day before the holiday. If you want to avoid traffic, leave before Wednesday or try traveling on Thanksgiving Day if possible. Also, if you’re staying through the weekend, try not to leave Sunday. That’s when the bulk of other drivers are heading home, too.

Have a plan

So you already know which days you’re going to travel, but what about the rest of the trip? Schedule in pit stops every one or two hours to stretch your legs. Time it so that the driver is well-rested and has gotten lots of sleep. Also, make sure to minimize driving distractions.

From our family at Dave Kehl Chevrolet to yours, here’s wishing you a happy, healthy, and filling Thanksgiving.

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