Nothing will make you more unthankful over the Thanksgiving holiday than an auto accident. More people get in their cars on this weekend than on any other weekend in the year. If you’re going to be one of those millions of drivers, know the common causes of automobile accidents so you can avoid them. Righter’s Auto Repair lists five common causes below.
1. Impaired Driving
We aren’t just talking about drunk-driving here, although that’s a huge problem. Driving impairment can also be caused by tiredness and stress. Anything that takes your focus off the road impairs your driving, so be smart and take steps to ensure you remain focused. If you’re driving a long distance, make frequent stops to rest. This keeps you refreshed and prevents dozing off behind the wheel.
Keep your cool, too, no matter how much traffic you’re stuck in. As we said above, this is the busiest travel weekend in the year; you will get stuck in congestion. Getting mad isn’t going to make the cars move any faster. Give yourself plenty of travel time, too, so you aren’t stressed because you’re going to be late. If caffeine or sugar reduces your patience, avoid it while you’re driving.
3. Texting and Driving
You can thank us for being Captain Obvious but this always bears repeating because no matter how many people get into accidents because they were texting and driving, everyone still does it. Turn off your phone, or the notifications at least, and keep your eyes on the road. Don’t let other things distract you, either. Tell the kids to put on their headphones so aren’t bothered by their game apps.
4. Getting Lost
If you’re headed into unchartered territory or driving at night, it’s easy to get lost. Make sure you know your planned route before you leave; don’t just rely on your GPS. It’s a good idea to visually see the route on a map so you have a better idea of where you’re going. Use your GPS, as well, to guide you and also alert you of issues along the way such as an accident or closed roads.
5. Automobile Problems
Finally, avoidable car problems, such as a blown-out tire or bad brakes, can easily put you in a pickle during your Thanksgiving travels. Have your car, truck, crossover, or SUV inspected before your trip to ensure you won’t run into trouble once you’re on the road. You want to enjoy your Thanksgiving, not sit roadside waiting for assistance that takes hours to come.
Righter’s Auto Repair in Grand Ledge, MI, can get your car ready for Thanksgiving. Call us today.