Don’t Let Your Thanksgiving Road Trip be a Turkey

Nobody wants to be surprised with car trouble, especially on the way to a family dinner! One way to ensure you will get to dinner in time for turkey on Thanksgiving weekend is by making sure that the vehicle you will be driving is running well.

A Thanksgiving pre-trip inspection helps reduce the chance of costly and possibly dangerous on the road trouble. It also provides an opportunity to have repairs done by mechanics you trust. Especially important, it provides peace of mind. While no inspection can guarantee a car’s performance, it’s comforting to know proper precautions were taken to avoid a ‘turkey’ of a holiday weekend.

The Car Care Council suggests the following 10-minute checkup to help ensure vehicle safety and reliability on Thanksgiving, when millions of Americans take to the roads to visit family and friends:

  • Check all fluids, including engine oil, power steering and brake and transmission, as well as windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant.
  • Check the hoses and belts that can become cracked, brittle, frayed, loose or show signs of excessive wear. These are critical to the proper functioning of the electrical system, air conditioning, power steering and the cooling system.
  • Check the tires, including tire pressure and tread. Uneven wear indicates a need for wheel alignment. Tires should also be checked for bulges and bald spots.
  • Check lighting to identify any problems with exterior and interior lighting as the chance of an accident increases if you can’t see or be seen.
  • Check wipers. Wiper blades should be replaced every six months. Make sure the windshield wipers are working properly and keep the reservoir filled with solvent.

Make sure to also restock your emergency car kit -- if you don't have one yet don't delay! Make sure you have supplies like tennis shoes, blanket, band-aids just in case your car leaves you on the side of the road.  Also, check to see if your gas cap is damaged, loose or missing as it should be replaced to prevent gas from spilling or evaporating. 

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Fall Road Trips

With the beauty of fall around us, it is nice to go for a drive or a hike to take in the nature around us.  There are many options in Georgia and the Eastern United States. I've collected some of my favorite resources to share about things to do. 

Georgia Official Tourism and Travel site includes recommendations on where to go in North Georgia to enjoy the reds, yellows and all the hues in between during October and November. One unique and not overly exerting way is to check out the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

Georgia State Parks Leave Watch is a great resource for keeping up with the colors this fall!

For a spectacular fall drive check out the Russell-Brasstown Scenic Byway. Make sure to check your battery before going very far from home.  It's very common to need a battery replaced when the weather changes. 

Hiking at any of our North Georgia Mountains is a sure way to see a beautiful panoramic or up close leaves over trails and water.  Red Top Mountain is always a good choice as is Tallulah Gorge State Park

If you are interested in having someone else do the driving you may enjoy VIP Southern Wine Tours to check out some local wineries. 

Some North Georgia Destinations to check out would include Helen , Hillcrest Orchards or even Jaemor Farms for family fun!

The Travel Channel recommends some road trips up the east coast and more so in the North East if you want to do some special traveling this season. 

Whatever your preference whether you be driving, riding or hiking, we hope you take some time to enjoy the fall colors!

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