It is the time of year when thousands of people are traveling for the holidays. Whether you are traveling by air, land, or sea, it is bound to be stressful. Below on some tips to help you when traveling this holiday season!
Don’t Travel On Peak Dates
This mostly includes Christmas Even and New Years Eve. These dates are the most popular for travel. If you can leave a few days before the holiday so you can avoid most traffic. It can also be cheaper because gas prices usually go up the peak travel days.
Prepare Your Car
Change the oil, check the air tire pressure, and do an overall maintenance. The last thing you want is for your car to break down on the highway or worse yet, a back road. Clean out your car so there isn’t a bunch of clutter. Not only does this help with packing, but it also helps with comfort. Last but not least, check your emergency supplies and add more blankets, water, first aid, and non-perishable food.
Pack Like A Pro
You would think this would only be for flying, but you should try to cut down as much on packing as you can when driving. Firstly, it leaves room for all of those extra items you will be bringing back home (i.e. Christmas Presents). Secondly, it will help with how your car runs. Extra weight on your car can cause more wear and tear.
If you can, try to travel early in the morning as opposed to late at night. Not only will you be refreshed but there is also less traffic early in the morning. When we go on road trips we usually leave around 5 AM. This is a great time to leave if you are traveling for more than 4 hours away. Not only is there less-likely to be a lot of traffic but when it comes time for everyone to take a break it is breakfast time!
Don’t Get Angry
It is the biggest joke of holiday travel. Dad gets mad in traffic, yells, and hilarity ensues. But, it is not that grand in real life. Not only does it cause a lot of stress and anxiety to your passengers but it can also lead to tragic road-rage incidents. Try to stay calm and stay safe!