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Happy Thanksgiving on this busiest travel week of the year

thI am so grateful this Thanksgiving for happiness, good health and success. Most of all I am grateful for my children and my family’s business which has been around for the past 75 years, which is truly a “labor of love” and still involves my family. I am also grateful to all of you—our customers—for trusting us and for your loyalty. We work hard every day in sales and service to earn your trust and to treat you like a valued member of our Jaffarian Volvo Toyota Scion family.

We are here to help you every day, when you need more information, when you’re evaluating whether or not to spend your hard-earned money for a repair or for preventive maintenance; or when it’s time to evaluate whether or not to purchase a new vehicle, and if so, new or pre-owned. We want to be your trusted advisor. In trying to create a long-term relationship, we will never “sell” you on a short-term solution.

Although the weather reports for this Thanksgiving are calling for cold and wind, and perhaps rain, we ask you to drive especially carefully on slick roads and with the highest travel volume on the road of any holiday.

AAA projects 43.4 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving holiday from Wednesday, Nov. 27 through Sunday, Dec. 1. About 90% of travelers will use their vehicles. There are certain peak travel hours, often from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. where most local travelers are on the road. Plan ahead so you won’t feel rushed. The day before Thanksgiving is the single busiest day of travel with 37 percent of travelers leaving on Wednesday.

If you’re driving home after Thanksgiving dinner, the large meal and an ingredient in turkey (L-tryptophan which is in poultry, meat, eggs, milk, yogurt, etc.) may make you drowsy. Stay awake and alert by drinking coffee or water, cracking the window open and turn up the radio—or better still—sleep overnight at or near your destination. Driving drowsy is the same as, and in some cases worse, than drunk driving. If you have been drinking, stay over or have a designated driver.

There have been 20% more fatal crashes nationally in the 5 to 7 p.m. travel period during Thanksgiving week than other weeks. Not surprisingly, there also were more crashes in rain or on wet pavement. Let’s all work together to make this a fatality-free holiday weekend.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, from all of us at Jaffarian Volvo Toyota Scion. Thank you for your loyal patronage and giving us a reason to be grateful.

Ask Gary Jaffarian

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