Holiday driving can be stressful and dangerous. We offer some safe driving and money saving tips for traveling on congested roads this holiday season.
We at Driving2Save would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and more importantly, we wish everyone traveling to see their loved ones this season safe travels. In 2016, AAA projected that 48.7 million Americans traveled 50 miles or more for Thanksgiving and the breakdown for driving vs. flying was 43.5 million vs. 3.69 million, respectively. In addition, AAA rescued 370,000 motorists during Thanksgiving due to dead batteries, flat tires and lockouts. The combination of the high volume of drivers, some drivers driving long distances that may not drive often in crowded conditions, and potentially bad weather means that Thanksgiving can be a very dangerous holiday for drivers with hundreds of fatalities. This holiday season, please follow our tips to reduce the likelihood of an accident and the need for roadside assistance to rescue you!
Here is how to ensure that your vehicle is ready for holiday travel!
- Are your tires bald or low on tread? Driving with low treads is dangerous. Replace your tires with low rolling resistance tires this holiday season to travel safely and also reduce your gas bill!
- Are your tires properly inflated? Under/overinflated tires are unsafe! Check out our selection of gauges and handy, portable pumps to ensure that your tires are always properly inflated. Want to ensure that your loved ones – who might not care – check their tires as often as they should? We have partnered with Nonda, the maker of an aftermarket tire pressure monitoring system. They are offering our viewers $10 off their system! Use the code DRIVING2SAVE to save!
- With such high volume of motorists requiring assistance during the holidays, be prepared with an auto emergency kit for your travels. It is better to be prepared!
- When was the last time you replaced the motor oil? Air filter? Spark plugs? Get them replaced prior to your travels for maximum efficiency.
- Going the distance? If you drive an older sedan with a square rear end or an older Toyota Prius, consider getting GasPods that can help improve MPG. We have tested these thoroughly: read the report here.
- Making last minute work calls or anticipating lots of phone conversations while driving? Driving distracted is a leading cause of accidents. We strongly recommend putting the phone away when you drive – no texting or phone calls. But if you must talk (never text), please go handsfree with an aftermarket Bluetooth FM Transmitter (if your care isn’t Bluetooth equipped).
- Not using your roof rack? Then remove it to get better MPG.
- If you get stuck in traffic, remember to close your vent and recirculate your air for 20-30 minutes at a time. If you can put a HEPA cabin air filter in before you leave, even better.
- Know which gasoline you need for your car on the trip and use GasBuddy to find the cheapest stations along your route.
Check the traffic before you go! Statistically, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving between 3-5pm is the worst time to drive. Therefore, plan your travels to avoid driving during that time window. Interested in learning more/ Check out these tips that can help you save time and money this holiday season! We hope that you have a safe and wonderful holiday season. Remember, driving smarter and driving safer is Driving2Save. Stay tuned in the days and weeks ahead as there will be sales on our recommended products, do-it-yourself videos on vehicle maintenance on our site and additional tested and recommended products to help you save!