Posted on: November 28, 2016 by Goodrich & Watson
According to the American Automobile Association, nearly 44 million Americans will hit the roads Thanksgiving week with plans to drive at least 50 miles. If that’s not enough to persuade you to confirm your Virginia Automobile Insurance policy is in force and sufficient, consider another statistic. Studies show that during Thanksgiving week, crashes on Interstate highways increase by 25%. Avoid becoming a statistic: Heed the following Thanksgiving driving tips.
In many parts of the country, Virginia included, Thanksgiving week weather can be treacherous. Before heading out, take your car in for a tune-up so you’ll know it’s in prime operating condition. Make sure the technician checks, and changes or tops off, your car’s fluids; evaluates your tires and inflates them to the ideal pressure; and evaluates your windshield wipers and headlights to make sure they’re in good working order.
Most people are aware of the hazards of driving at night (reduced visibility and increased risk of drowsiness, for example.) The sun can be equally dangerous. Besides the obvious steps you can take to reduce glare (wearing sunglasses and using your car’s visor to block the sun), clean your windows regularly during your drive and remove clutter from your dashboard. When the sun’s glare is hindering your ability to see, leave extra space between your vehicle and the one in front of it.
Considering the large volume of cars on the roads, you should be completely focused on driving and ready to react to the unexpected. If you’ll be traveling with children, pack plenty of things to keep them occupied (a portable DVD player, coloring books, snacks and drinks, and handheld devices and headphones, for example.) If you bring your pet along, keep it in a kennel. Additionally, as anxious as you may be to arrive at your destination, avoid the temptation to eat while you’re driving. Instead, stop at a restaurant or rest area, eat, and stretch your legs.
When you’re traveling during the Thanksgiving holiday, expect to encounter traffic; leave yourself plenty of time to get to your destination so you don’t feel rushed. If you practice patience and common sense and avoid the peak travel times (Wednesday and Sunday), you’ll reduce your road-trip risks. Want peace of mind that your automobile insurance is sufficient? Contact us at Goodrich & Watson today.