Thanksgiving Road Trip Tips

According to AAA, more than 55 million travelers made plans to travel 50 miles or more for the Thanksgiving holiday last year. This year, there’s a possibility that there will be a lot more with the current travel restrictions. Most of us have been self-isolating away from our nearest and dearest. If it’s safe to do so, Thanksgiving may be the perfect time to reunite with loved ones. If you’re planning on traveling this month, it’s best to prepare in advance. Below are a few helpful road trip tips to consider before you set out on the highway. 

Check your health.
The pandemic still has many people shaken up and very concerned. If you’re planning to see family or friends, take a COVID-19 test to prevent spreading the illness to your loved ones. Keep a thermometer nearby and take note of how you’re feeling. This year it’s more important than ever to wash your hands, keep disinfectant nearby, and carry a few extra masks and gloves. 

Prepare your vehicle for long-distance drives.
Is your vehicle ready to tack on more miles? Before you leave, consider checking your tires. Make sure your tires have the correct tire pressure and are wearing evenly. Also, take a moment to check all of your vehicle’s essential fluids. If needed, top-off any low fluids. If any of your vital fluids look dark and gritty, bring your car in for a tune-up. A tune-up is a preventative maintenance service that can boost performance and prevent unexpected mechanical breakdowns.  

Be cautious of the weather.
It’s gotten pretty cold in Walnut Creek, and some days have even surprised us with rain. Keep an eye on the weather and be prepared for any sudden changes. If you suspect that it will rain, make sure your windshield wiper fluid is filled, and pack an extra umbrella. This would also be a great time to test your heater’s function to ensure it’s still running efficiently. 

Make sure your emergency kit is stocked.
Now would be the perfect opportunity to pack an emergency kit to store in the trunk of your vehicle. Your emergency kit should have a first aid kit with Band-Aids, gauze, scissors, medication, ointment, and other necessities. Most drivers have roadside assistance, but it’s best to make sure you have a spare tire, jack, and other vital parts if you’re stranded far out. Pack a portable jumpstarted for your car battery and a cell charger for your phone battery.  

Plan the trip in advance.
Create a travel schedule and make sure you have an alternative route. Do your research and find out if there are any road closures or route diversions. Some platforms such as Google Maps on the desktop version can give possible destination times based on the time you plan to leave. If you have an Apple device, share your location with your loved ones so they can keep track of your drive and ensure you arrive safely. 

Vehicle inspection and diagnosis in Walnut Creek, CA

If you’re planning a Thanksgiving road trip this year, Oakmont Auto Care is here to help. We can perform a bumper-to-bumper inspection and recommend maintenance services best for you and your vehicle. We are currently offering new and existing customers a free multi-point digital inspection. This inspection can inform you of any small issues your vehicle may have and prevent them from turning into big ones while you’re on the road. Our digital inspection results can be sent directly to your phone for you to review. 

To schedule an appointment, click here or feel free to give us a call at 925-476-4881. 

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