If you are traveling for the holidays by car this year, you’re not alone. Experts predict that there will be more traffic on the roads than ever this Christmas season due to families trying to avoid high air fare prices. However, there are a few things you should keep in mind before you head out on the road.
There’s nothing like routine maintenance
No matter what you do to prep for you trip, keeping your vehicle in tip-top condition is the best you can do. Make sure you catch up on any routine servicing you’ve fallen behind on before you head out on a trip.
Map your route ahead of time
Having a GPS is convenient, but traffic jams and road closures happen, so it’s a good idea to have a map on you and some printed directions with alternate routes, too.
Bring plenty of distractions for the kids
If your children are prone to boredom during road trips, make sure you pack all their favorite games and mobile devices, along with whatever else they need in order to distract themselves.
If you’re traveling long distances, try not to drive without stretching more than an hour at a time. It’s bad for your circulation and can hurt your back, too. Make sure you routinely stop for a break.
Follow these road trip tips and you’re sure to have a significantly less stressful drive this holiday season.