Holiday Travel Tips
November 22, 2022
Thanksgiving is many Americans’ favorite time of the year. It’s an opportunity to spend time with family, eat great food, and watch football or a parade. The day before Thanksgiving is the second busiest traveling day of the year, with more than 50 million people planning to travel 50 miles or more. With more people on the road, there is more opportunity for accidents. At WebFirst Insurance, we want to make sure our customers are safe and secure while they hit the air, or the open road, for their holiday travel plans.
Before you leave the house
Often, the preparation and stress of holiday travel starts before you even leave the house. If you’re staying overnight, you have to remember to pack a bag with clothes toiletries, chargers, etc. Throw your children in the mix, and having to pack all of their belongings as well, and that can be a cause for early stress before you even head out the door. Here are some things to keep in mind before you head out the door to reduce stress, and make your life easier.
- Make a packing list. A list can help you speed up packing and make sure nothing is forgotten.
- Pack at least a day before. The earlier you pack, the less stress you’ll have to deal with on the day you leave.
- Load your car the night before. That way when you wake up in the morning, all you have to do is get in the car and leave.
- Get a good night’s sleep. More sleep the night before a trip equals less stress, especially if you’ve finished packing (thanks to our list!) and loading your car.
- Make sure the house is clean before you leave. One less thing to stress out about when you get home exhausted from your trip.
- Have something to look forward to in the morning. Whether it’s coffee, tea, or your favorite breakfast sandwich, have something that’ll put a smile on your face when you get up, to get ready for the day ahead.
Traveling by air
According to USA Today, almost 25 million flight seats are ready to depart airports all across the nation Thanksgiving week. The busiest days for air travel, according to USA Today, will be Sunday November 20th, and Sunday November 27th. Dallas Fort-Worth, Denver, and Atlanta are expected to be the busiest airports the week of Thanksgiving. Here are some tips to help while you’re in the air.
- Allow extra time. Allow at least an extra hour in case you hit traffic, or it’s packed at the airport, or need extra time for parking. It’s better to be there super early than be running through the airport because you’re going to be late.
- Get a friend to drive you to the airport. This will help you save money on parking. Vehicle theft is still prevalent as well, so having a friend drive you is one less thing to worry about during the craziest travel time of the year.
- Pack an emergency carry on. Include some emergency toiletries, a change of clothes or two, chargers, and some snacks at the very least in your emergency bag. Unfortunately, mistakes happen, and your luggage may not end up with you right when you get to the airport. Although this is a rarity, it’s better to be prepared than to be left stranded.
- Have a plan of action for when you get to the airport. Go over it with your children as well, so that everyone is on the same page.
Traveling by car
According to Mass Live, the busiest driving days will be the day before Thanksgiving, and Black Friday. Times to avoid on those days are between 11 am and 9 pm on Wednesday, and between 1 pm and 4 pm on Friday. Even if you’re not traveling during holiday rush hour, it’s still a good idea to keep these driving tips in mind.
Take breaks from driving.
If another licensed driver is in the car, switch drivers every two hours or 100 miles. If you are the only licensed adult in the car, take a break at the same intervals. It is a good idea to take a short nap.
Keep the driver company.
As a passenger, it is important to help the driver focus on the road; if the driver needs something, make sure you get it for them so they break their concentration.
Be mindful of trucks.
Being the largest type of commuter and commercial vehicle, its crucial to be extra cautious when driving near trucks. Here are some tips for defensive driving around trucks:
- Keep your turn signal on longer than normal
- Make 100% sure the truck is clear of your vehicle before changing lanes
- Do not tailgate
- Do not cut off anyone, especially trucks
Have entertainment for children.
Pack some tablets and toys so that your children are preoccupied during long car rides.
Give yourself extra time.
So that you don’t have to feel like you’re rushing, give yourself some extra time to account for traffic.
Wondering what you should do if you get into a car accident? Read more here for step-by-step assistance.
Once the rush of holiday travel and cooking is over, be sure to enjoy quality time with family and friends. All of us here at WebFirst Insurance wish you a safe, happy, and healthy Thanksgiving.
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