When it comes to Thanksgiving travel tips, the most important one is to pack a happy, relaxed attitude. However, there are other things you can do too. Keep reading for five Thanksgiving travel tips from the experts at Anderson Behel, the finest body shop in Silicon Valley.
Courtesy of SmarterTravel.com, the three heaviest Thanksgiving travel days in 2017 will be Sunday, November 26 (#1), Wednesday, November 22 (#2), and Friday, November 17 (#3). The lightest travel day will be Thanksgiving Day itself.
Due to higher wages and increased consumer confidence, more people than ever will make family road trips during the 2017 Thanksgiving travel period.
Time to hit the road!
Automobile transportation remains the most popular travel mode, with 90% of travelers opting to hit the road as opposed to flying. Close to 45 million people will be traveling on America’s highways this Thanksgiving. Yes, it will once again be one of the most challenging times to travel.
If you’re one of the 45 million people getting behind the wheel this Thanksgiving, be aware that driving may be difficult with packed roads and bumper-to-bumper traffic. Plus, weather conditions may be less than ideal.
Before loading up the car and heading out, the experts Drive Smart Georgia recommend the following Thanksgiving travel tips for safe road trips to Grandma’s house.
Thanksgiving travel tips –
#1: Make sure your vehicle is road ready
Our first Thanksgiving travel tip is to make sure that your car is ready for the road. If it’s time for an oil change, make sure to get one before heading out on a long Thanksgiving car trip. Also, check the pressure in all four tires and make sure the windshield fluid is full.
Give your vehicle the once over, or have it checked out by a local and trustworthy mechanic. It’s absolutely no fun being stranded in an auto shop in a strange locale. Plus, many are closed over Thanksgiving, so the ones that are open are likely to charge a pretty penny for any repairs.
#2: Plan your route (and a Plan B too!)
Make a Plan B is our second Thanksgiving travel tip. Map out your route beforehand, but make sure you have a GPS, smartphone or a map in the car in case a road is blocked. If this happens along your journey, activate Plan B to avoid unnecessary delays.
#3: Be aware of changing weather
November weather can be tricky at times. While it’s sunny and warm in one place, it can be bitterly cold with snow or ice in another. If you’re traveling to a colder climate, be sure to check the weather forecast before heading out.
#4: Avoid the most congested highways
Navigating the highways presents challenges during the extended Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Traffic can choke heavily traveled routes, like the I-95 corridor on the East Coast, adding hours to generally speedy trips.
Try to avoid the busiest highways, especially on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the Sunday after the holiday. Back ways and side roads may be quicker.
#5: Practice safe driving
Leave yourself plenty of time to get to your destination and don’t forget to buckle up. Observe the speed limit, be well rested and alert, don’t follow cars too closely, and make frequent stops or rotate drivers.
About Anderson Behel
With today’s sophisticated cars, it’s more important than ever that your body shop be certified to repair your type of vehicle. At Anderson Behel, Silicon Valley’s leading collision repair company, we’re proud to hold several certifications, which means we’re a Honda Certified Body Shop, Acura Authorized Body Shop, Nissan Authorized Body Shop, Subaru Auto Body Shop and most recently a Porsche Collision Center. What does this mean? At Anderson Behel, we’ve invested in the finest training, equipment and tools to do an O.E. repair on each and every Honda, Porsche Acura, Nissan and Subaru that comes into our shop. Why not work with a body shop that is qualified, experienced and certified by the carmaker itself to work on your car? It just makes good sense and that’s why we proudly tell the world that we’re certified on these 5 leading brands.
Happy Turkey Day From All of Us at Anderson Behel!