Tips for Your Thanksgiving Road Trip

Use these nifty tips to breeze your way through holiday travel.

Are you heading south for the winter holidays? Perhaps you’re going to see family, distant relatives, or friends in another state. Either way, driving may be your one mode of transport. If so, you’ll want to prepare your Thanksgiving road trip with these handy tips that encourage safety and organization.

To prepare for the road ahead, read on!

Get the car ready. Is your vehicle geared up to drive 500+ miles? If not, it’s time for a tune up. Take it to the garage to make sure that the tires, brakes, engine, fluids, and spare tire are in tip top condition before heading out.

Prepare for the weather. Note the weather forecast for your destination as well as the journey. While it may be warm in California, the freeways getting there may have layers of ice and snow. If you need snow chains, a shovel, and ice scraper, pack these in your car now.

Map out the route. Before setting off, map out which route you’ll plan on taking. Then, map out an entirely different route. There could be accidents, road closures, and delays.

Set off earlier. Factor in the fact that everyone will be on the roads. If you can, leave earlier to avoid traffic and get to your destination earlier. Setting off in the depth of night or the early hours of the morning could mean that you avoid sitting in traffic.

Be safe. As many cars will be on the roads, it’s important to drive with extra caution. Leave the trucks enough room and always obey the rules of the road! If you know that the children will get restless in the backseat, take games and puzzles for them to complete so that they won’t distract you.

Update your kit. Stock your car with an emergency kit, full of first aid supplies, flashlights, blankets, water, non-perishable food, and other essentials.

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