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Thanksgiving is literally in just a few days! Traveling for the holidays is probably one of the most difficult things you can do. Here are some great ways to keep yourself safe and use time efficiently while on the road.

Consider Your Schedule

If you’re driving for the holidays, avoid traveling on the Wednesday afternoon before Thanksgiving. The day before Thanksgiving is the most heavily traveled day of the year. The Sunday after Thanksgiving is also a heavily traveled day. The best time to drive for Thanksgiving, on the other hand, is on Thanksgiving Day.  Driving on these days will help you avoid the majority of the congestion.

Look Under the Hood

Before a road trip, it’s always a good idea to check your car and schedule routine maintenance like oil changes. Check your fluid levels, tire pressure and headlights to make sure they are in working order.

Check Your Route

There is nothing worse than sitting in bumper to bumper traffic when you are on your way to your destination. If your travel plans will take you on heavily traveled roads, consider using Google Maps to get traffic notifications. You may be able to find a quicker, less congested route to get to your destination quicker.

Save Money on Gas

When you’re behind the wheel, you’ll likely need to fill the tank at least once. Consider using an app, such as GasBuddy and Gas Guru will help you find the best deal no matter where you are.

Pack Smart

Don’t obstruct your rear view when packing up the trunk. Pack efficiently, and try to use the middle seats as much as possible instead of throwing everything in the back.

If You Have to Eat, Pull Over

If you’re driving, and you are the one who’s hungry, either switch with your passenger or pull over. You would be surprised how often people get into accidents from eating and driving. It might be overlooked, but eating and driving is illegal too.

Keep an Emergency Kit

Pack the essentials you would need for a road trip emergency. Something to get you through being stuck on the side of the road on a cold night, and also a few tools to maybe help out with a flat. We have a few essentials listed in the case of a road trip emergency you might find useful.

Stay off Your Phone!

If you have any hand free devices, always bring them with you. Using your phone for a GPS is one thing, but being on your phone while driving is a big no-no! Just do yourself a favor and put an auto-response on all text messages before heading out on the road, and don’t answer any calls unless you have a blue tooth.

Pack your Snacks

Save time and money by packing your snacks ahead of time for your road trip. You won’t have to make as many stops, and there will be more cash in your wallet. Plus, home cooked meals are the healthiest option for lunch and breakfast on the road (or even dinner if you plan to drive at night).

Check out our other blogs on road trip driving tips and hacks that will save you time and money on the road. Be sure to always drive cautiously and defensively because you never know what can happen. And always, enjoy your holidays, stay safe, and eat a lot of good food!