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Driving Home for Thanksgiving? Follow These 3 Tips!

Thanksgiving day is one of the biggest holidays in America, and millions of people are going to be packing up their cars and heading home to celebrate with their families. That means tons of people will be on the road at the same time, and everyone knows how terrible holiday traffic can get. To ensure you beat the traffic and get home safely, please ensure you follow these suggestions!

Plan Ahead

A little pre-planning and readiness can make the holiday travels less stressful and more manageable. One way to plan ahead is by packing and loading the car the night before. That way, you're not trying to cram everything inside your trunk right before you leave. Another way to stay prepared is by checking the traffic and weather conditions before you depart. The worst days to be on the road are the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the Sunday after. If you can make your plans outside of these two days, traffic won't be as bad. Additionally, you might want to map out your pit stops for fuel and bathroom breaks.

Bring an Emergency Kit 

There is nothing scarier than being stuck and broken down on the side of the road in an unfamiliar area. For extra security, we highly urge you to pack an emergency kit just in case this happens. Some things to include in the kit are:

  • Flashlight
  • Spare batteries
  • Flares
  • Water
  • Blankets
  • Non-perishable Snacks
  • First Aid Kit
  • Simple Tools
  • Spare Tire
  • Electronic accessories like a phone charge

Get a Pre-Trip Inspection

Before heading out of town, the best thing you can do to ensure your safety is to get a pre-trip car inspection. At Scruggs Automotive, our certified mechanics can look for any signs of danger and make those fixes before you embark on your trip. If you're going on a long trip, it might be best to get an oil change beforehand. Additionally, we can test all your lights, tires, windshield wipers, and other safety features so you can take on any weather challenges.


We want you to be safe on the road for the holidays. For all your automotive needs, including a pre-trip inspection, please consider Scruggs Automotive for the job!

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