Driving to Grandma’s for Thanksgiving? Follow These Tips for Safe Highway Driving
November starts the holiday travel season and if you’re hitting the road to visit friends and family it’s a good idea to review the basics of safe holiday travel. According to the National Safety Commission, Thanksgiving weekend is the most traveled holiday, accounting for nearly 90 percent of holiday car traffic.
Here are five highway driving tips to keep in mind as you hit the road:
- be extra aware of surrounding traffic and road conditions when driving in wet, snowy or stormy weather;
- check your vehicle to make sure it is travel-ready by scheduling regular maintenance, putting on the proper tires, and packing emergency supplies;
- pay careful attention when sharing the road with larger trucks or smaller motorcycles and allow them plenty of room to maneuver;
- avoid distractions such as cell phone use, texting, and eating while driving; and
- take frequent breaks, switch drivers often and try to drive in daylight hours on long trips to avoid driver fatigue.
You may be a safe, cautious driver, but remember that you can’t always account for the negligence of others. Follow these highway driving safety tips to keep you and your family safe this Thanksgiving!