Between the traveling, the cooking, the eating, and the awkward run-ins with Aunt Sylvia, there’s a whole lot of room for things to go wrong on Thanksgiving.

Luckily, we can help. Have a Thanksgiving problem? Here are some simple tips for avoid 3 very common Thanksgiving fails.

1. Flammable fail

If you’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year, you’re going to have a lot on your plate (pun intended). The last thing you need? A cooking fire. Follow these tips to avoid disaster:

  • Most cooking fires are the result of unattended cooking. While there are always distractions when hosting (guests arriving, appetizers to serve), don’t walk away from a stove or appliance in use.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher handy in your kitchen and ensure everyone in your family knows how to use it.
  • Avoid wearing loose-fitting clothing while cooking since the fabric can ignite. And be especially careful of your sleeves — make sure they’re short or tightly rolled.

Need more tips? Get the full rundown on Thanksgiving safety.

2. Drunken fail

Well, it’s not so much the drunkenness that’s the issue. It’s driving that could be a problem. (And waiting out your buzz may not be the best solution.) The answer? A designated driver (DD)! (Or, ya know, to drink less.)

Here are 3 of the best qualities in a DD:

  • A DD knows how to drive and is licensed to do so
  • Your DD should have a great sense of humor
  • Patience is a key characteristic for a successful DD
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Think you or someone you know fits the bill? Check out the top 5 traits of a designated driver. Thanksgiving is the most dangerous day on the road, so please don’t drink and drive! Stay safe, everyone.

3. Conversation fail

Have you ever endured a Thanksgiving lull? It’s one of those lapses in conversation that can be attributed to food euphoria mixed with a dash of unfiltered political banter. One second everyone’s laughing, and the next, the entire group’s taking a long drink of wine, eyes to the ceiling. You know what I’m talking about.

Guess what? We can help. Take our Thanksgiving quiz and be ready with a titillating Turkey Day tidbit  when the inevitable silence rolls around. Because who doesn’t love a little bit of trivia?

If you can avoid these Thanksgiving pitfalls …

You’ll have much to be grateful for. From all of us at Esurance, have a very happy Thanksgiving.

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about Rachael

After studying Literature and Writing in San Diego, Rachael said farewell to her sunny hometown and left for San Francisco to revel in the fog. When she’s not writing Tweets and blogs and all manner of copy for Esurance, Rachael spends her free time hiking, enjoying the sparse sunshine at Ocean Beach, and seeking out the best reading spots in the city.