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Top Tips for Traveling This Thanksgiving

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Traveling at Thanksgiving can be stressful if you’re unprepared and in a rush, but it can become a pleasant experience when you know what to expect and plan accordingly. Giving yourself enough time to reach your destination and preparing for the unexpected ensures that you’ll arrive safely and happily. Here are the top tips for making your travels this Thanksgiving a safe success.

Give Yourself More Time

Hurrying during your travels at Thanksgiving adds unnecessary stress to your holiday journey. Giving yourself more time to get to where you’re going allows you to relax and enjoy the ride, making fun memories with your loved ones or travel companions. Try to give yourself an extra day if at all possible, just in case anything unexpected should arise while you’re en route. With about 37 percent of Americans traveling this holiday, expect the roads to be packed. If you’re traveling by air, try to avoid flying the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the Sunday after because the airports will be busiest on those days.

What to Expect

Some things that you should prepare for when you head out for Thanksgiving are road conditions and traffic volume. Road conditions, depending on where you’re traveling to or from, could be potentially dangerous, so you’ll want to know your route and what the weather is forecasted to be like throughout your trip. High traffic volume at this time of year is also something you should expect to encounter. A large number of drivers on roads that may be covered in snow or ice could be hazardous, so you’ll want to make any necessary adjustments for travel that’ll reduce your chances for accidents or weather-related mishaps.

How to Prepare

Preparation is the key to successful travel during Thanksgiving. Make sure you have a working spare tire and tire chains if needed. Having everything you need prevents unnecessary shopping stops, saves you money and increases the safety of your vehicle. You should also check with your insurance company to see if your plan provides roadside assistance. Also, confirm if you’ll have coverage for additional drivers in the event that you may need help with driving duties. Being prepared for a variety of potential scenarios gives you the peace of mind of knowing that you’re going to be well taken care of if something unexpected should happen while you’re on the road.

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to enjoy with family and friends, and travel can also be enjoyed when you know what to expect and give yourself ample time to reach your destination. Having a travel plan and being prepared for any number of unforeseen situations enables you to relax and have a fantastic time on your Thanksgiving travels.

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