Thanksgiving Travel Tips

For many people, Thanksgiving means a road trip. Some people fly, and for them, I have no tips other than to fly the Monday after and the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. For drivers families and car owners, there are some basics to keep in mind over the long holiday weekend.

Change your oil and check all of your fluids before you leave. Obviously if you just changed your oil, you don’t need to change it again, but you do need to check your windshield washer fluid, and your antifreeze, and everything that goes along with the car.

Before you leave,Make sure you have your registration and Insurance ID card with you.

Plan on what to do in case of a problem on the road. Call your insurance agent and see if you have roadside assistance. Most insurance policies now offer roadside assistance coverage that covers a breakdown, running out of gas, or even locking yourself out of your car when you have to race in to the gas station restroom.

Bring a paper map and/ or write down any directions you may need. In recent years as we have embraced new technology, and are actually getting to a place where we can no longer function without having a cell phone in our hand, but there are are vast stretches of this great land where there is no cellular reception or Google maps is not up to date or may lead you astray.

Bring some games and distractions and snacks for the kids. Remember the days before cell phones and in car DVD players?

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving.