With the AAA forecasting that almost 50 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home this Thanksgiving Holiday, eDriving FLEET is providing the following safe driving tips:

  1. Plan your journey and leave enough time to arrive calmly and safely.
  2. Check your vehicle before travel. This includes fluid levels, lights, fuel, wipers and tire pressures. Carry an emergency kit with you including a blanket, de-icer, water, food, mobile phone, warning triangle and first-aid kit.
  3. Check the weather forecast before you leave. Avoid unnecessary journeys if the weather is bad.
  4. Get enough rest before your journey so you can stay alert! Plan for rest breaks every 200 miles/two hours to stretch your legs.
  5. Make sure your cell phone is fully charged and your friends and family know your travel route.
  6. Don’t set off until everyone in the vehicle is correctly buckled up!
  7. Watch your speed. Speeding reduces your reaction time in an emergency and increases the force of a collision. Always travel at a speed that enables you to safely stop in the distance you can see to be clear.
  8. Resist the temptation to “multi-task” on the road. Programme GPS before you set off. Put mobile devices away and avoid eating and drinking at the wheel.
  9. Never drive if you have had ANY alcohol. Leave your vehicle at home if there is any risk that you could be tempted to have a drink on a night out. Be aware of the ‘morning after effect’ as alcohol can still impair you the day after drinking.
  10. Look out for friends and colleagues. If you suspect that someone is going to drive after drinking alcohol encourage them to take a taxi, get a lift with a sober friend or stay over for the night.

Wishing you a SAFE and HAPPY Thanksgiving!