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. In addition, AAA rescued 370,000 motorists during Thanksgiving due to dead batteries, flat tires and lockouts. The combination of crowded roads and fatigued drivers, combined with potentially bad weather, means that Thanksgiving can be a very dangerous holiday for drivers. In the recent past, there have been roughly 500 traffic fatalities around the Thanksgiving holiday each year. 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? If so, replace them before hitting the road. Driving with worn tires is dangerous. Consider buying low rolling resistance tires this holiday season to travel safely and also reduce your gas bill!
- Are your tires properly inflated? Underinflated tires are unsafe and reduce your gas mileage! If you don’t have the gear you need, check out our Shop for great deals on our favorite gauges and pumps.
- If your headlights are yellowed or cloudy, we recommend you recondition them. It’s easy and the nighttime visibility gains can be dramatic.
- 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!
- If you don’t have a roadside assistance plan, now would be a good time to sign up. They typically pay for themselves if you use them once/year.
- 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 or an older Toyota Prius, consider getting GasPods to improve your MPG. We have tested these devices thoroughly and they work.
- Statistically, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving from 3-5pm is the worst time to drive. Therefore, plan your travels to avoid driving during that time window if you can. And then check traffic before you go.
On the Road:
- If your car has advanced safety features, we recommend you use them. We know some of the features can be annoying (which is why many people turn them off), but it is better to be annoyed than in a serious accident.
- Distracted driving is a leading cause of accidents year-round. We strongly recommend putting the phone away when you drive this holiday season – no texting or phone calls. But if you must talk (never text), please go handsfree with an aftermarket Bluetooth FM Transmitter (if your car isn’t Bluetooth equipped).
- 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.
We hope that you have a safe and wonderful holiday season. Thanks for Driving2Save.