Safety Tips for Your Thanksgiving Road Trip

The holidays are approaching as we are rounding off the year for 2021. One of those important holidays is next month: Thanksgiving. We're all familiar that it is reserved as a day to spend with loved ones and give thanks to friends and family. With that being said, many people are going to be on the road traveling beforehand. To keep you and your passengers safe, please follow our brief list of tips!

Practice Safe Driving Manners

Carelessness is the number one cause of the bulk of car accidents in the US. Please remember to do the basic safe driving steps like buckling up and asking your passengers to put on their seat belts before moving. Furthermore, keep your hands on the steering wheel and keep your eyes peeled to the road as long as possible. 

Do NOT Try to Pass Large Trucks

Trucks are heavier and have a longer stopping distance, so it is not safe to cut in front of them abruptly. It can lead to a major accident, so it's best to be patient.

Avoid Distractions

One of the most common driving distractions is (you guessed it) your cell phone. You should never text and drive, considering it is illegal in most states even to have it in your hand. Other disturbances include eating and drinking, moving objects, loud noise, and fidgeting audio and climate controls. Please refrain from doing these activities.

Plan to Leave Early

Many families plan to leave for their Thanksgiving trip at least a few days before the holiday. The part of the week you depart matters, and the time of day you leave matters. If you leave early, you can avoid traffic altogether. 

Preventative Maintenance

If you want that extra security, consider taking your car to a trusted shop like ours. At Knight Automotive, we can inspect your vehicle to ensure you get to your destination safely. Others often neglect this tip, but it definitely pays off.


For all your auto needs, please do not hesitate to give us a call at (219) 310-1174 or make an appointment with us online today.


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