Holiday Travel Tips
The holiday season (from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day) is typically the busiest travel time of the year. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, during the Thanksgiving travel period, the number of long-distance trips (50 miles or more) increases by more than 50 percent. During the Christmas/New Year’s travel period, the number rises by more than 20 percent, compared to the average number during the rest of the year. While airports, bus stations and trains get major traffic during the holidays, most long-distance holiday travel is done by personal vehicle.
Traveling with more cars on the road can make your travel experience stressful and dangerous. If you plan on driving somewhere during the holidays, take proper precautions and follow these essential driving tips to help you arrive at your destination safely:
First and foremost, make sure your vehicle is in good condition before hitting the road. Check the brakes, tires and fluids, and make sure your headlights and taillights are working properly. Also, pack an emergency kit with essentials like blankets, water and a first-aid kit.
Plan your route in advance and be aware of potential traffic and weather hazards. Consider leaving earlier or later in the day to avoid peak traffic periods and take breaks regularly to avoid fatigue. If possible, use a GPS or map app to help you navigate and avoid getting lost.
When driving, always wear your seatbelt and follow the speed limit. Avoid distractions like texting, using your phone or eating, and never drink and drive. Stay alert and focused on the road and be aware of other drivers around you.
By following these driving tips, you can make your holiday travel safer and less stressful. Remember to be patient and courteous on the road and have a happy and healthy holiday season!