Preset your navigation. Set your destination in your navigation well before your departure. This will be one less thing to worry about when you’re loading up the car last minute to get on the road in a timely manner.
All systems go. If your car is equipped with various driver-assistance systems (forward-collision warning, lane-departure warning, blind spot montoring, rear cross-traffic alert), make sure they’re all turned on to help make your journey the safest it can be.
Check the weather report and road conditions before you depart. For those living in colder climates, check the weather forecast before you hit the road. You don’t want to be caught off guard by a winter storm or road closures in the middle of your road trip. We recommend using the Federal Highway Administration’s website.
Be equipped for winter storms. Be ready for potential snow or ice. Thanksgiving is often the first winter-driving weekend for those up north. To prepare, equip your vehicle with blankets, booster cables, flares, a flashlight, hand warmers and a window scraper.
Bring an extra charger for your cell phone. You never know when you’re going to run low on power. Keep an extra charger in the car. You’ll be glad you did, especially in the event of an emergency.
Talk safe. Don’t ‘talk and drive’ on your mobile unless you’re doing it hands-free or while pulled over safely on the highway.
Wear seatbelts. Make sure everyone in the car is properly wearing seatbelts, even if you’re in a larger vehicle such as a van or RV.
Take regular breaks. That’s what rest areas are for. Stop at least once every two hours and more frequently if it’s snowing, as falling snow can have a hypnotic effect. The same goes for night driving. Taking breaks reduces fatigue and tunnel vision on the highway.
Watch your speed. Driving too fast to cut travel time is especially risky when highways are packed with holiday traffic. It’s just not worth it. Plus, state police will be out in full force to catch rule breakers.
Don’t drink and drive! This one’s a no-brainer. Just don’t do it. No matter what.
Try not to overeat. Eating too much can make you tired during the drive back home. Especially turkey, which contains a natural sedative called L-tryptophan.