Precautions for a Safe Drive this Thanksgiving

happy-thanksgivingMost of us welcome Thanksgiving and all the family time that comes with it. As a result, we take our families out on road trips somewhere truly beautiful and exciting. If you’re reading this blog, then chances are that you also enjoy road trips and are thinking of going on one in the coming days of the holiday. However, it’s always important to take precautions before rushing with major plans and activities. Otherwise, you might end up with a drained car battery in the middle of nowhere. Thus, there are a few things you need to do in order to ensure that you have a safe drive on your way to wherever you’re going. If you carry out the following tips, you should be good to go:

Examine the Tire Pressure Tires can get worn down from months of driving and constant bumps in the road. So it’s natural to have a low tire pressure from time to time. Many new cars nowadays give a warning signal when low tire pressure occurs. Though, if your car doesn’t have this feature, you have no way of knowing unless you check the tires yourself. In fact, even if your car has this feature, it’s best that you check anyway right before your road trip. On the day before and then during the hour of your Thanksgiving trip, examine the tire pressure. If any tire appears low, take your car to one of the many gas stations that can adjust the air pressure of your tires for free. Walmart also has this complimentary service.

Inspect Your Headlights and Backlights Next, you should always survey your headlights and backlights in case one or more of them has blown out at some point. It would be terrible, after all, if you ended up driving across the country without good lights to help you see the road clearly. These lights are crucial for a safe drive, so be sure to test if they are working or not. You might need another person’s help, since you’ll need to check the brake lights and your turn signals as well. Inspect these lights ahead of time, preferably a few days before your trip, in order to not rush at the last minute with repairs.

Test Your Car Battery Car batteries can be tricky to examine, especially if you’re not familiar with them. Nevertheless, it’s still important to make sure they are working properly and won’t die out while you’re halfway to your destination. For easy instructions on how to test your car battery, check out this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COJr7OB23Hw

Clean the Windshields, Windows, and Mirrors You don’t want to be driving with a blur in front of you. This will increase the risk of you getting in a car accident and put you and others on the road in harm’s way. Therefore, be sure to clean your windshields, windows, and mirrors before your holiday road trip. Wash the glass with a high quality auto glass cleaner and a microfiber cloth. This will also decrease your chance of dealing with light glares during your drive and help you have a safe drive.

first_aidPlace a First-Aid Kit in Your Car First-aid kits can be lifesavers, because, let’s face it, things can turn for the worst at any given time. If one of your kids in the car suddenly has a stomachache or is nauseous, you don’t want to be unprepared. And what if someone accidentally scraped their hand? It’s always good to have a first-aid kit somewhere in the car. Have basic items such as Band-Aids, Advil, Pepto-Bismol, Benadryl (for allergic reactions), and Neosporin.

Join a Service like AAA No one wants to be stranded on the highway because of a flat tire and no available toll service. That’s why it’s smart to have a service like AAA at your disposal, in case you need some help with your car and are nowhere near your home.

This Thanksgiving break, have the road trip of your life by taking precautions and having a safe drive. You’ll be more comfortable, and you’ll look forward to your vacation even more.