If you’re hitting the road this holiday season, kudos to you. You’re staying away from hectic airline travel and putting the travel ball in your court. But just because you’re avoiding the airport, there’s still the potential for (PUN ALERT) bumps in the road. So before you fasten your seatbelt, take note of our holiday roadtrip tips and you will be cleared for travel in no time.
– Winter roads can be an icy mess so make sure your car is in tiptop shape at least a week before you leave. Have your trusty car mechanic check all the important spots and if need be, get it “winterized.”
– Keep a watchful eye on the conditions ahead. Check the forecast frequently to get a handle on any potential for severe weather.
– Avoid road closures by doing a little homework before you leave. Most states publish up-to-date road conditions online, so check out your route’s department of transportation websites.
– Cars loaded with holiday goodies are like sitting ducks for would-be robbers. If you’re traveling with gifts and packages, keep them, and any other valuables, stored in your trunk. If you’re driving a SUV, invest in a cargo cover.
– Pretty packaging is highly susceptible to rips and tears. If you’re going to be driving for a few days, keep presents unwrapped until you arrive at your destination.
– Keep a blanket on hand in case you find yourself stuck on side the road and in a sticky situation (out of gas, busted tire, nasty pothole etc).
– Boots are warm and toasty in the winter but can quickly turn hot and bulky during long roadtrips. So while in the car, wear a pair of shoes that you can easily slip off and on. Just keep a pair of boots handy in case troubles arise and you need to step out!
– Stock your MP3 player with loads of Christmas music, even the highly annoying stuff. When you start to feel road fatigue, turn up the volume and sing your holiday butt off. It’ll keep you and your companions up and at ‘em!