Safe Travel Tips this Thanksgiving from Shipperoo

Planning to hit the road to head to grandparent’s house for Thanksgiving dinner? Let us help with your holiday travel plans by offering some important safety items.  It is estimated by AAA that there will be 46.9 million vehicles on the highways this Thanksgiving. Be prepared not only for yourself but for anyone traveling with you and stranded motorists along the way.  Here are a few safe travel tips this Thanksgiving from Shipperoo.

Safe Travel Tips this Thanksgiving from Shipperoo.
Safe Travel Tips this Thanksgiving from Shipperoo.

Plan ahead by preparing your vehicle for long-distance travel

There’s not anything more nerve-racking than being behind schedule. Expect to run into traffic that’s worse than usual, so prepare to go a half hour or a full hour ahead of plan to avoid any stress while you’re on the road. Check to make sure your fluids are topped off and your windshield wiper blades are working properly.  Also check your tire pressure before you leave.  This information can be found in your owner’s manual or online if you are not sure.

Pack wisely

Merely packing your favorite pumpkin pie and sweet potato casserole won’t be enough if you’re traveling this Thanksgiving weekend. Don’t overload the car by carrying extra weight than your vehicle can handle and make sure that all the gear is properly packed in case of sudden stops. If you are traveling with little ones and the family pets make sure they are safely in their seats and that you have games, water, snacks and their favorite blankets for those quiet times in the vehicle.

If you are traveling with little ones and the family pets make sure they are safely in their seats.
If you are traveling with little ones and the family pets make sure they are safely in their seats.

Choose alternate travel days or leave early to avoid delays

Being flexible on your departure and arrival days for Thanksgiving can avoid long traffic congestion and all the hassles that come with that.  Be sure to use a GPS that offers real-time traffic updates to be able to travel around traffic hazards and different route options in heavy traffic. Traveling for the holidays can be exhausting so be sure to get plenty of rest before heading out on the drive and try making numerous stops along the route to give yourself a break.

GPS offers real-time traffic updates to be able to travel around traffic hazards.
GPS offers real-time traffic updates to be able to travel around traffic hazards.

Watch the weather reports to avoid extreme weather conditions

Depending on where you live or where you are traveling weather can be a potential hazard for getting to your Thanksgiving destination. Being prepared with a roadside emergency kit in your vehicle can be a life saver.  This kit should include:

  • Battery powered flashlight and radio

    Be prepared with a roadside emergency kit.
    Be prepared with a roadside emergency kit.
  • Jumper cables
  • First-aid-kit
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Blankets
  • Tire repair kit
  • Flares
  • Bottled water
  • Non-perishable food items.

Traveling during the day when the sun is up can help to avoid extreme weather conditions at night when the temperature drops. Be sure to check the weather reports before going anywhere.

Avoid distractions and watch for other drivers

Distracted driving remains a problem for anyone on the road.  Driving and being distracted by incoming phone calls or texts can have disastrous results for everyone in your vehicle and around you on the roads.  If you need to text or take a phone call from grandma pull over so you can concentrate on the call and then return to your holiday travel.

Distracted driving remains a problem for anyone on the road.
Distracted driving remains a problem for anyone on the road.

From Shipperoo to your family have a fantastic and safe Thanksgiving holiday!  If you need to ship those extra gifts for your holiday trip and don’t have enough room in your vehicle check out Shipperoo.com to find a driver to help transport your holiday packages.

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