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October 29, 2018 in Tips
It turns out that it’s a myth that the day before Thanksgiving is the busiest travel day of the year; summer weekends win that distinction. As a matter of fact, there are about five to 10 days during the summer that are busier than Thanksgiving travel. The holiday definitely earns a spot in the top 10 busiest travel days, according to AAA. Some airlines add a surcharge to travel during the Thanksgiving holiday due to the increased amount of traffic.
In fact, The Utah Department of Transportation is predicting heavy delays up to 45 minutes – on Interstate 15 along the Wasatch Front during the evening commute on the Wednesday prior to Thanksgiving.
If you will be headed out to visit your family, friends and loved ones by car this holiday season, there are a few travel tips to keep in mind.
Fully inspect your vehicle before leaving your driveway. Be sure your lights are in working order, tires are properly inflated, windshield wipers are operational, and there is enough wiper fluid for the long road ahead.
As with most things, fuel prices tend to creep up during the holidays. You can plan ahead by fueling up early in the week when prices tend to be lower. There are also apps you can install on your cell phone to alert you of gasoline prices along the route.
Save yourself from costly fines associated with speeding tickets, after all you may need that cash for presents during the month of December! The holiday season is prime time for highway patrols to set up speed traps as they look to slow down road trippers and crack down on those who may be driving under the influence. It’s best to follow the posted speed limit to not only ensure your safety, but also the safety of those around you.
Getting a good night’s sleep is a good idea every night; however, if you don’t do so the days preceding travel, you may just be putting everyone at risk. A lack of sleep can negatively impact your motor skills, slowing down your reaction time out on the road. Be sure to stay alert at all times while driving, especially during extended periods of driving. If you are traveling long distances, take turns driving with a passenger when you can. If this is not an option, consider breaking up your trip into small intervals.
Avoid road construction, unexpected delays and steering off course by planning your route ahead of time. Know your route and arm yourself with a map or GPS in case you get off track. Also, be prepared for any unexpected weather that may impact your travel.
A.U.T.O Collision wishes you all safe travels throughout the holidays and every day. For helpful advice or to learn more about our services, contact A.U.T.O. Collision at 801.568.0305 or visit the shop at 215 West 9210 South, Sandy, Utah 84070. We are here to serve you Monday – Friday, 8am – 5:30pm.
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