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Thanksgiving is around the corner and if we follow the numbers in 2018, expect nearly 50 million to be on the road driving away. Before embarking on a journey to be with loved ones, consider some road safety tips to ensure you arrive in time for dinner. Make sure too that your car has undergone proper auto check like transmission repair.

Plan your trip ahead and keep in mind the forecast from experts on when it will most likely be the worst time to be on the road. If you’re heading out of greater Los Angeles, here’s a rundown:

Don’t Travel: Wednesday
Not during this time: 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Worst Traffic: I-5 S, exit 79 to 54B
How long to hold your patience: twice as long as you can

So make sure you’re quite prepared and do the following:

1. A short maintenance check
Before leaving Mission Viejo, drop by your trustworthy auto repair shop to do a quick check up on your vehicle especially transmission. Licensed auto technicians will tell you if your vehicle is fit for a long drive. Safety issue checks will include:

  •  Tire pressure and tread depth
  • Wiper blades
  • Windshield washer fluid reservoir
  • Car battery
  • Oil and filter change
  • Brake fluid and brake pads

2. Better to bring a winter safety kit in your vehicle
It’s not yet in the thick of winter but it could just be where you are headed. It won’t hurt if you bring some of these items to help you on the road:

  • Sand or any traction mats for slippery or snowy roads
  • Shovel
  • Gloves, hats, and blankets to keep you warm
  • Flashlights with new batteries, warning flares or triangles
  • Rags, old shirts or paper towels
  • Drinking water, chocolates, energy bars

3. Rest before driving
Ensuring a general car maintenance or auto repair is important and so is keeping a well-rested person behind the wheel. Being able to sleep well allows you to be more alert on the road. There is less chance of being exhausted and sleepy on your journey. Remember, driving while sleepy affects your focus and coordination in the same manner as being under alcohol influence. Having said that, avoid drinking the night before you set off.

4. Eagle eye on the drive
Long drive with heavy volume requires you to be much more focused on the road. Do not allow distractions even if they are coming from your passengers on the backseat. Set up your gadgets way ahead of the drive in case you are driving alone. Have someone else be responsible for answering texts or calls in case you are driving with companions. Tempting as it may be, do not eat and drink while driving, as you might get distracted.

5. Stop for short breaks
It is advisable to take a break every two hours or 100 miles. Stretch your legs and your back. Take this pit stop break to check your car and make sure everything is in order.

6. You share the road with other drivers
SUVs and sedans are not the only vehicles on the road. You will most likely be driving with large vehicles too such as trucks and buses. Turn your indicators longer than you have to when passing trucks. When overtaking, make sure that the road ahead is completely free and it is safe to do so. Remember that a truck has a blind spot and you may be on that side. Always be careful and mindful.

7. Keep valuables out of sight
Nothing tempts a criminal than an opportunity to do the act. Keep your valuables stowed and away from prying eyes.

Thanksgiving holiday is an important family time to enjoy. So make sure that you drive safely all the time. Start with your constant companion on the road – your car. In Mission Viejo, you can always check with Angel’s Transmission and Auto Repair if you have any concerns with your vehicle. They have been servicing cars for nearly three decades and continue to update their knowledge on the latest technology for every vehicle make. Call for appointment at (949) 587-9060.

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