Thanksgiving Road Trip Tips

ThanksgivingThanksgiving Day and weekend typically have horrible traffic, so if you’re planning on taking a road trip out of town, it’s important to keep these Thanksgiving road trip tips in mind.

Auto-related deaths on Thanksgiving have generally less to do with drunk driving and more about long distances and heavy traffic. Try to leave early on your trip, since other drivers will be less drowsy and there will be fewer of them on the road, but you should also avoid leaving earlier than you would normally get up in the morning. Driving too early in the morning isn’t any better than driving at night—you’ll still be sleepy and off your game.

Another thing to look out for is stress. The holidays can take a lot out of us, and getting everyone together for a several-hour road trip with the prospect of dealing with relatives isn’t the most exciting. Heavy traffic just increases stress, so you just have to avoid letting it get the better of you and causing you to drive recklessly. And be watchful of other stressed-out drivers!

When packing food and luggage in the car, make sure everything is secured and won’t move. If you do get in a wreck or even just come to a sudden stop and there are heavy, loose items around, it could seriously injure you or a passenger.

Bring plenty of games, handheld devices, audiobooks, and regular books to keep your kids entertained on the trip. Avoid driving after you eat turkey, especially at night—the Tryptophan in turkey makes you drowsy. If you can, stay with your relatives.

GMC Vehicles Power the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Everyone loves watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The floats, balloons, and performances are enough to dazzle, and the nostalgia is palpable. This year’s 88th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was hauled down the streets of New York City by GMC vehicles, as it has been for 34 years.

This year the 2015 Canyon joined the fleet of 55 GMC automobiles. This brand-new midsize truck is proving its mettle by pulling the enormous floats. The Canyon has the capability to haul up to 7,000 lbs, leading its segment. It also takes its segment in horsepower (coming in at 200 hp or 305hp with different engine options) and EPA-estimated fuel economy (27 mpg or 26 with the options).

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Stop by DeVoe Buick GMC to see the 2015 GMC Canyon!

Speaking of engine options, the Canyon comes equipped with either a 2.5-liter four-cylinder or a 3.6-liter V6 drivetrain under the hood. The Canyon starts at $21,880.

Here at DeVoe Buick GMC we are proud of our brand’s participation of such a beloved piece of American history and believe that GMC and its vehicles make this event possible.