While visions of loved ones may be filling your head this holiday season, the road trip that lies between you and them can be a serious downer. The holiday season is notorious for frustrating travel, from traffic to breakdowns to fighting kids. Here are four tips to help minimize your frustration and keep you and your family safe while on the road:
- Be flexible in your travel dates: You may be surprised that, according to the Department of Transportation, Thanksgiving Day is actually a heavier traffic day than the day before. So consider leaving a day early if you don’t mind spending the night at your relatives. When planning travel days, also consider the weather and how rested you feel—both can have a big impact on the mood of your trip.
- Make smart driving choices: Feeling alert and well rested while driving makes a difference. In fact, 41% of all fatal accidents involve single-drivers late at night or in the early morning hours when drivers are fatigued and/or drunk. If you feel tired, stop at a rest stop or switch drivers, or find a motel on longer trips. While you should always avoid distracted driving (i.e. fidgeting with your phone), it’s even more important to minimize distractions during holiday travel. More traffic means more potential for accidents. Also keep your speed down and your following distance generous—you can’t predict other people’s driving decisions.
- Be sure your car is in good shape for travel. Little problems with your vehicle that you’ve been ignoring around town, like grating sounds or vibrations, can turn into costly, frustrating breakdowns while traveling. Bring your car in for a maintenance check before you leave; if you’re concerned about your car needing work, make sure you bring it in well before your planned departure to allow time for repairs. Even with a clean bill of health, you never know what you might encounter on the road, so consider signing up for a roadside assistance program like AAA before you leave.
- Keep the kids happy: Happy passengers equal a happier and less distracted driver. View tips to keep your kids happy in our blog, “Are We There Yet?”
When it comes to holiday travel, remember that safety is your number one priority. Make an appointment with our full service department or check our vehicle inventory if you need a new car or truck before you hit the road this holiday season. Whatever your need, Bryant Motors has Sedalia, Marshall and the surrounding areas covered with excellent vehicle sales and service!