Monthly Archives: November 2016

Common and Unusual Thanksgiving Traditions in the US

Enjoy these Thanksgiving traditions with your friends and family.

Enjoy these Thanksgiving traditions with your friends and family.

If you’re looking for inspiration for your Thanksgiving celebration, we’ve put together a list of some of the biggest Thanksgiving traditions practiced across the country every year, as well as some not so common ones you might want to try out.

Everyone has a big Thanksgiving feast every year, and it’s almost always centered around the Thanksgiving turkey. The way Americans eat is always evolving, so if you have vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, or allergic relatives, use Thanksgiving as a way to stretch your cooking skills.

Many people use Thanksgiving as a chance to volunteer at homeless shelters and foodbanks. If you’re looking for something to do as a family on Thanksgiving that will enrich your children, or just yourself, try it out!

Don’t forget the ceremonial breaking of the wishbone. Two people pull on opposite ends of the wishbone from the turkey and whoever gets the bigger half makes a wish. This is especially fun for kids. Before dessert, try taking a walk around the block or tossing a ball around to digest a little before digging in. This gives you a chance to spend quality time with family.

If you have relatives who live far away, you can still include them in the Thanksgiving conversation and games by setting up a Skype session or Google Hangout. If you’ve never done this before, this year is a great time to enlist the technological skills of younger relatives.

Thanksgiving is all about traditions, but it’s never too late to start a new one!

How to Test Drive a Car

Tips for your next test drive.

Tips for your next test drive.

Taking a car on a test drive seems like a pretty simple thing, but there are things you can do to get as much information about the car as you can from your short spin around the block. Here are some tips on how to test drive a car.

You should always schedule your test drive in advance so you know they’ll have the car you want to test drive, or one close to it. This also gives you a chance to get in and out more quickly and gives you more time to drive a few different cars for comparison.

If you have family or someone you drive regularly, bring them with you to see how they like the ride. The vehicle you choose needs to work for everyone who rides in it. Check the amount of cargo space, seat comfort, how easily accessible the controls are, and test out any other features that are especially important to you.

Actually driving the car is a chance to find out a lot about the vehicle. Pay attention to the ride quality, and try out the navigation system if there is one, connect your mobile device through Bluetooth or Apple CarPlay/Android Auto if they’re available, and listen to how noisy the cabin is.

Make sure visibility is ideal for you. If you have trouble seeing or you’re not comfortable with how much you can see, try another vehicle. Make sure you have enough power to quickly merge into traffic, can turn easily, and won’t have trouble parking it.

It’s a lot to think about, so if you need to, ask your salesperson if you can extend the drive a little, and never be afraid to ask questions about features you aren’t familiar with.