At Spotlight Automotive, our number one goal is driver safety. We want to make sure you and your car are as safe as can be before hitting the road. So we gathered up 5 tips to keep you safe and avoid traffic.
The parade is tomorrow from 8-11. Which means leaving early may not be any better than leaving later to avoid traffic. You can see from the above map that the parade starts at LaSalle and heads north towards Randolph. The main routes to get to the parade are Lake Shore Drive, 290, and 90/94. If you can, try and avoid these routes by taking local side roads if you are not planning on attending the parade. The less tourists on the road while you’re driving, the better.
As previously mentioned, leaving earlier may not help you avoid traffic due to the Chicago parade. If you are planning on leaving the day before Thanksgiving, keep in mind that you are not the only one planning to do so. The evening before Thanksgiving day is one of the busier traffic times of the year. People will be getting out of work and tourists will be driving in for a long weekend stay. Driving at night may not be fun, but it is a great way to avoid the traffic saving you time and stress. Consider resting all day and not getting on the road until 9pm. It is important to make sure that you get plenty of rest before setting out on a long night drive, as fatigued driving creates a huge hazard on the road.
Tryptophan is a real thing that is commonly found in Turkey. The chemical is what makes you sleepy shortly after consumption. Did you know that Tryptophan is also found in Pumpkin seeds, milk, and most legumes? If you are planning on driving from one family gathering to the next, keep in mind that you are eating food that will make you sleepy. Take frequent breaks on the road or always have caffeinated drinks on hand.
Thanks to GPS in our cars and smartphones it is easier for us to find our destinations. It also means that we have more distractions on the road then ever before. Accidents from texting or while on the phone continue to increase. It only takes a split second of taking your eyes of the road for something to happen. If you are driving with a another person, have them navigate for you. Or turn up the volume on your GPS so that it will notify you of upcoming turns.
Before you leave for your long commute, look over your car to make sure it is safe for driving.
This checklist will reduce any unexpected surprises during your Thanksgiving commute. Stay safe and have a happy Thanksgiving.
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