Traveling Safely for the Holidays

Nov 18, 2020, 16:24 PM by Kayla Baugh

Holiday travel may look a little different for your family this year due to COVID-19, but safety should still be the top priority. Whether you’re traveling within the state or driving several hours away, make sure you have a plan in mind. If you’ll be taking a road trip to visit your loved ones this holiday season, we have a few tips just for you.

Check Out Your Vehicle Before You Leave

This should be a given, but be sure to check your tires, oil, wiper blades, fluids, etc. before heading out for a long trip. It’s also a good idea to pack an emergency kit with batteries, flashlights, water, an ice scraper, first aid supplies and chargers just in case you break down in the cold. 

Travel Early or Late

If you want to miss traffic, plan to travel early in the morning or late at night when fewer people are on the road. This will make for a smoother ride, and if you’re traveling with kids, they’ll likely be sleeping soundly. 

Be Safe When You Stop

If you stop for gas, visit a restaurant or run into a store for supplies, be sure to wear a mask and sanitize your hands. When possible, maintain at least 6 feet of distance from other people.

Watch the Weather

Be sure to keep track of the weather both where you are and where you’re traveling. If it’ll be snowing, storming or icy, be prepared for hazardous conditions and plan accordingly. 

Be Familiar With Directions

Go ahead and check a map to get familiar with your route before you leave. If you lose reception or have problems with your GPS,  you don’t want to be stuck on the side of the road confused. 

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