Thanksgiving Safe Driving Tips

Thanksgiving Driving Tips From Young Drivers of Canada

Thanksgiving is this weekend and that means that many drivers will be traveling to spend the holiday with family and friends. While spending the holiday with family can be enjoyable, the travel to get there can be stressful for drivers. Young Drivers of Canada suggests the following tips to help you get to your Thanksgiving celebration safely.

10 Thanksgiving Safe Driving Tips

1. If you have extra vacation time, this holiday may be the opportunity to start your journey early. Avoid traveling during peak times. Take an extra day to avoid traveling on heavy traffic routes or take an alternate route such as a country road. The leaves are changing and it’s a great opportunity to experience the fall colours.

2. Before you leave, take your vehicle in for a check up. If you plan on a long journey, ensure your vehicle is roadworthy. Have your vehicle inspected to ensure your tires, brakes, battery and windshield wipers are in good working order. All fluids should be topped up. A roadside breakdown can turn a road trip into a disaster.

3. Pack snacks and entertainment for the kids. Children can quickly grow restless during a road trip. To avoid distractions caused by restless children pack snacks and distractions for them. Happy children mean a happy journey.

4. Get plenty of rest. Drivers should be well rested before they leave and take breaks while traveling. Ensure you stop to get some fresh air and stretch your legs. Drivers will remain alert if they are properly rested.

5. Avoid distracted driving. Do not use your cell phone while driving. If you need to make an urgent call or send an urgent text, have your passenger do it for you or pull off the road in a safe place to do it yourself.

6. Leave space. Keep a safe following distance. Adjust the following distance based on the weather conditions. Allow for a minimum of a three-second gap between you and the car in front of you in good weather conditions. Adjust that distance in heavy rain or extreme conditions. If you leave space you will have an escape route in the event of an emergency.

7. Exercise patience. The roads will be filled with drivers just like you who want to get to their destination. Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for all the good things that have been bestowed upon you. That also means being thankful for the privilege of driving.

8. Always buckle up. Use your seat belt. Make sure everyone is properly secured in the vehicle including children in car seats.

9. Observe speed limits. Driving too slow or fast can increase the chance of being in a collision. You will get there, make sure it’s safely!

10. Never drink and drive. If you are planning to take part in the Thanksgiving festivities, ensure you have a designated driver. Driving and driving is never an option!

Young Drivers of Canada would like to wish their fellow Canadians a safe driving Thanksgiving!

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