Thanksgiving Travel Tips for Drivers

Planning on hitting the road to visit relatives for Thanksgiving? It’s one of the busiest times of the year, so take these Thanksgiving travel tips into account when planning ahead for your Turkey Day journey.

Thanksgiving travel tips

Leave Before Wednesday

Wednesday is the day that sees the most traffic on roadways, so if you’re heading out of town, it’s a good idea to instead leave on Monday or Tuesday to beat the rush. If your family lives fairly close, Thanksgiving morning is also a viable option as most are already settled in and awaiting turkey and candied yams.

Head Home Before Sunday

Sunday is the day most people head home from their relatives’ places, so avoid the congestion by leaving Friday, Saturday, or even waiting until Monday. If you have a spare day of vacation to burn, take Cyber Monday to relax and peruse the deals at various online retailers.

Avoid Highways

If you can, try to plan your route ahead of time by avoiding major highways or other popular roads. While avoiding the highway will add time to your commute, it could ultimately be quite a bit less than what you would spend idling in traffic.

Fuel Up

Your car needs gas, and you should make sure to fill up beforehand to avoid delays. Additionally, you and your family need fuel, too – so bring along healthy snacks for the journey!

Drive Defensively

Brush up on your defensive driving tactics before you head out on the road, especially if you’re heading somewhere where the road conditions can get a little scary in the fall and winter. Driving assertively will help you get where you need to go without incident and with less stress.

Keep these Thanksgiving travel tips in mind as you head out on the road. The holidays can already be stressful enough as it is, so do what you can to ensure that your time on the road is like a break away from the grind.

Fun Fall Activities: Make an Autumn Checklist

Looking for fun fall activities? Try some of these ideas.

You can go apple picking, explore a corn maze, take a hot-air-balloon ride, or go hiking. Fall is also the perfect time for a road trip, especially because you can watch the changing leaves along the way. We at Slingerland CDJR have compiled a list of some of our favorite fall activities for you to consider.

fun fall activities

First, try apple picking. “Magnified apples appear and disappear, stem end and blossom end,” writes Robert Frost about apple picking, a New England poet from a region perhaps best known for the fall activity. Even in Michigan there are a few great places to pick apples, and many people love to make pies afterwards with the apples they collect.

Next, according to Real Simple, you should get lost in a corn maze. If you’ve watched the horror classic Children of the Corn recently, we suppose you might want to avoid this activity, unless maybe you’re a thrill seeker. Corn mazes are popular in the Midwest, and are something every person from Michigan should try.

Hiking is also great for those who love the outdoors. Escarpment Trail in the Porcupine Mountains is perhaps one of the top places to hike in the state, though you’ll have to take a day trip to the Upper Peninsula. A little closer to home is the Jordan River Pathway near Mancelona, Michigan. This trail totals 19 miles, so it’s great for experienced hikers.

Other things to do including kite flying, taking a hayride, or simply collecting leaves. You can’t go wrong with these fall activities.

Safe Winter Driving Tips

winter driving tipsNow that winter is in full swing here in Michigan, roadways will routinely be slick, icy, covered in snow, or all of the above. Slingerland Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram FIAT has some safe winter driving tips to help you get through the season safely.

  • Switch to winter tires. Even if you don’t frequently encounter heavy snow, winter tires can make a big difference on winter roads. They are made from a special rubber blend that stays pliable even under frigid conditions.
  • Have an emergency kit. You never know when winter weather will get the best of you and leave you stranded on the side of the road. Keep an emergency kit filled with lots of gear, such as a warm blanket, a flashlight, shovel, spare cell phone, and battery, as well as snacks.
  • Leave some space. Even if the road looks clear, there could be black ice that can be difficult to stop on. Keep extra distance between you and the car in front of you and slow down. Then, if you do need to stop, you’ll have room to spare in case there is an emergency.
  • Tell people where you’re going. Let people know where you’re headed. In case you don’t get there when you should, people can look for you.

If you follow these tips, you can hopefully keep your wheels on the road and arrive safely in the spring.

What You Can Do in Advance to Prep for a Thanksgiving Road Trip

Thanksgiving Road Trip

Are you dreading an upcoming road trip this Thanksgiving? Thankfully, there is plenty you can do ahead of time to make your life easier. Here are some tips for your upcoming Thanksgiving road trip:

  • Take care of any routine maintenance before you hit the road – such as oil changes – and make sure you have enough windshield wiper fluid.
  • Keep your eyes peeled for wild animals this time of year, particularly deer, which are likely to emerge from the shadows around dusk.
  • Before you go, plot out your route on a map and keep that map with you, in case your GPS navigation system fails.
  • Consider packing non-perishable snacks for your trip, so that you won’t be tempted to stop for fast food.
  • It’s also a good idea to keep your vehicle well-stocked with fresh drinking water.
  • If you are travelling with children, be sure to bring along various methods of entertainment and plan to stop more frequently than you would on your own to stretch small legs and blow off steam.
  • Lastly, pack smart, with heavier luggage on the bottom and separate bags for anything you will want during your trip stashed within arm’s reach.

For more safety tips or to spend your holiday season behind the wheel of a brand new car, contact us or visit us anytime at Slingerland Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram.

Fall Activities in Corunna, Michigan

Fall Activities in Corunna, Michigan

Fall is a glorious time of year. The weather is ideal, the scenery is beautiful, and there is plenty of fun all around. Here are some great fall activities in Corunna and the surrounding area.

  • 25th Annual Daddy Daughter Dance. On October 19th, at the D’Mar Banquet Center in Owosso, fathers and daughters of all ages are invited to attend this annual dance. Doors open at 6:30pm and dancing lasts until 8:30.
  • Make a Difference Day. Memorial Healthcare in Owosso will host Make a Difference Day on October 22nd in the Auditorium from 8am to 11:30. This is even a free mobile food pantry that will also include personal care items, Halloween costumes, and winter apparel.
  • Community Halloween. On October 31st in the Community Center Parking Lot, there will be a trunk or treat. Decorate your car and bring lots of candy to pass out. The fun starts at 5:30. In addition, there will be a Halloween party in the Community Center starting at 6:00pm.
  • 4th Annual Craft Show. Redeemer Lutheran Church in Owosso will host its 4th Annual Craft Show on Saturday, November 5th from 10am-4pm. The show will include numerous craft vendors from the local area with items for sale.

Do you have any fall events that we forgot? Share the details with us in the comments below.