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Holiday Travel Tips

Get Ready, Get Set, Go….

As the holidays approach, we find ourselves planning our travels to visit our family and friends.  One thing is for certain, when traveling during the holidays, you won’t be the only one on the road.  Poor weather conditions, road repairs, accidents, or other things can make any trip frustrating. However, the following tips could potentially make your journey much more enjoyable.

Be Prepared

Do your homework. Determine which roads are likely to have heavy traffic and try to find an alternate route. Just because a route shows “less mileage”, it doesn’t necessarily mean it is the “quickest.” The “Scenic Route” can have its benefits!

Travel Early / Extend Your Stay

Leave a day or two early, if possible, or extend your trip for an additional day…or two! For example, leaving on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving may not only save you some travel grief, but it can also give you extra time with your friends and family – what a wonderful added bonus!

Fear the WORST and Pray for the BEST!

As winter approaches, bad weather makes travel hazardous. This is why it’s advisable to pack extra water, food, blankets, warm clothes, and even a small snow shovel if you’re traveling during winter. Also, make sure you have plenty of gas in your tank, in case of unexpected problems. You may not need these things, but, as the old timers used to say, “it’s better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it.”

Preventative Vehicle Maintenance is Key

Nothing is worse than a vehicle breakdown — especially, during a holiday family trip. Check your oil level and tire pressure, confirm that the headlights, taillights, and brake lights are all working properly. If something seems amiss, before you leave home, take your car to a trusted mechanic.


When you plan for the unexpected, the chance of having a safe AND happy holiday trip increase.

Remember, the journey is but part of the destination!