Who would’ve thought that it would be time for Turkey Day so soon? Is this your favorite holiday? Mazcare wants to make sure that you don’t have any problems if you’re planning a Thanksgiving weekend trip. Driving on this weekend is one of the most dangerous times of the year to drive, so make sure your Mazda is safe, reliable, and does not plan to complicate matters by breaking down during your travels. Here are the reasons why your Thanksgiving plans should include a Mazda inspection and service.
Common Long-Distance Issues
Any commute that is longer than a few hours keeps your Mazda constantly running for a long time. If you care for your Mazda, this is actually good. It gets the oil and coolant circulating to draw heat and residue from the engine parts. Thanksgiving weekend road travel tends to be filled with stop-and-go traffic and auto accidents that slow you down, however, and this is hard on your Mazda.
If you haven’t serviced your Mazda in a long time and have factory-scheduled maintenance that is overdue, you may find your trip cut short by a
- Broken belt
- Cracked hose
- Dead battery
- Flat tire(s)
- Overheated brakes
- Overheated engine
- Seized engine
- Stalled engine
- Transmission problems
Before you leave, please schedule an appointment with us for a Mazda inspection and service. We’ll check your automobile from top to bottom and fix anything that could give you car trouble during your trip.
Additional Safety Tips
Should you get into car trouble, it’s important to immediately alert other drivers that you’re having problems by turning on your hazard lights. Drive your Mazda to a safe place, park it, and turn the engine off. Mark the area around your vehicle with flares or reflective triangles. Call for help and stay inside your vehicle until it arrives. If you believe your vehicle might catch on fire, call 9-1-1.
As we mentioned above, auto accidents are common over Thanksgiving weekend; 50,000 total nationwide on average common. Avoid getting into an accident yourself by
- Being aware of what’s going on around you at all times – don’t get distracted
- Leaving early, so you aren’t rushed and only driving after you’ve had plenty of rest
- Waiting until the next day to drive home if you’ve consumed alcohol
- Avoiding reckless and/or aggressive drivers by moving away from them
Defensive driving has never been more important than it is on holiday weekends. People are in a rush, they’re tired, they’re drunk, and they don’t care.