Although the holiday season is meant to be a time of joy as we visit with family and friends, some of whom are distant and so require a road trip in order to see them, it is also the case that there can be considerable levels of stress and consequent ill-manners associated with said travel.
So Ford has contacted The Emily Post Institute in order to come up with some tips that can make at least the travel a bit more civil.
This image is from Butterball.com, the go-to source for turkey-related topics. Your bird may not look like that, but. . . .
So for those of you who are in the U.S. and are about to set out on Thanksgiving travel, he are some recommendations (as absurd as some of them may seem):
- Use the remote to be sure that the doors are unlocked before anyone reaches for them. And if it is cold outside, preheat the interior of the vehicle.
- Point out all of the features of your vehicle that your passengers may avail themselves of during the journey, from power ports to USB plugs.
- Think about the in-car entertainment.
- If you are the passenger, you might do what you can to assist the driver before the trip (lugging bags), during the trip (enjoying the aforementioned entertainment) and after the trip (maybe not a tip, per se, but offer to kick in for the gas, and given the low price of gas, a few bucks can go a long way).
- And speaking of being the passenger, should you be in the front seat, and should you have all had plenty of turkey and dressing and all the trimmings, chances are everyone may feel a bit dozy, so it is your obligation to make sure that the driver is sufficiently aware and awake for safety. This brings us back to the tip about the in-car entertainment: This may be just the time when you cue up something like Blizzard of Ozz and let “Crazy Train” rip.