Driving Tips to Help You Enjoy Your Thanksgiving Holiday

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Make your Thanksgiving journey a smooth one with these tips.  

The festive season is here! Whether you’re planning to hit the slopes, visit grandma or get together with friends from afar, there’s a good chance that driving will be part of your journey. We all know that the roads over the long Thanksgiving can be difficult at best. To ensure that you have a smooth ride, take a look at these tips.

Prepare the vehicle. Whether you’re driving 20 miles or 200, it’s a good idea to ensure your car is in tip-top condition. Take your car to a garage and ask them to check your brakes, battery, wiper blades, lights, fluids, and tires.

Beat the rush. There’s no doubt the Wednesday and Sunday are peak times to travel. If possible, travel outside of these days, even if that means celebrating with the family the day after Thanksgiving.

Be considerate of others. Expect the roads to be busier than usual. There may be families, truck drivers, and seniors on the road, so it’s best to be considerate and keep a cool head behind the wheel. If another driver is aggravating you, pull over and let them pass.

Avoid distractions. A buzzing phone, bored kids in the back, and driving navigations are enough to distract any driver. Before you set off, make sure your phone is on silent and stored away, the children have items to entertain them, and set up the GPS. Distractions and heavy traffic can be a recipe for disaster.

Review insurance. Sometimes, the worst happens at the worst possible time. If you get involved in an accident or breakdown over Thanksgiving you want to be sure that you can get back on the road as soon as possible. Make sure you have plenty of coverage and roadside assistance through your auto insurer.

These tips can help you make your Thanksgiving journey a smooth one!  For the quality car insurance that will protect you and your vehicle, contact the team at Gee-Schussler Insurance Agency. We serve Orland Park and surrounding cities in Illinois.