Tips for Thanksgiving Travel Survival

Thanksgiving is a cherished holiday filled with food, family and fun. Taking road trips to see friends and family for the holiday can be enjoyable, safe and (relatively) stress-free if you prepare. Here are a few tips to help you and your family stay safe and sane on your journey over the river and through the woods:

Make sure your car maintenance is up to date: (oil changed, tires checked, etc.), and that you have your roadside assistance contact information on hand.

Plan your route and your timing: With GPS it’s now easier than ever to map out your route, and to avoid detours and construction. Also, be aware that the most heavily traveled times are typically the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the Sunday after. If possible, try to avoid traveling during these time frames. If you can’t get around it, hit the road early in the morning, when there is less volume, (and less likelihood of other drivers being drowsy or intoxicated).

Prep the children: Of course you’ll have to be sure to factor in plenty of bathroom breaks, snacks and meals, but this is also a great time to give your kids a refresher course on safety. Remind them not to talk to strangers, and implement an emergency plan in case anyone gets lost or separated from the group.

Batten down the hatches: Keep the minimum amount of “stuff” in your car. Your luggage, gifts, wine, green bean casserole or whatever else you are bringing shouldn’t be sliding around the car. They could potentially be a dangerous projectile in the event of a hard stop or collision. Put as much as you can in the trunk and make sure anything in the cabin is properly secured. Pets should be placed in a carrier or harness of some sort. They are vulnerable to injuries just like us.

I’m not going to tell you to make sure your phone is charged and remind you to bring your charger (that’s a given), but I will warn you that the Tryptophan in turkey can make you pretty drowsy. If possible, take a nap before you depart, or leave the next day. With just a little bit of preparation and planning, your upcoming Thanksgiving adventure is sure to be as safe as it is satisfying. However, if you do find yourself in need of auto body repair after braving the open road, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at (215) 345-6800 or to contact Keenan Collision Center in Doylestown, PA via our website.