Safe Travel Tips For Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel days of the year.  As an American, secular holiday about family and good food, there aren’t many people who don’t celebrate. Whether you’re driving five miles to grandma’s house or traveling across the country, you’ll want to take extra precautions.

Air Travel

The biggest issue with air travel during the holiday season is that it’s also flu season. Germs spread incredibly easily through airports, and even more easily through planes. You’re stuck breathing the same air as a lot of other people for the duration of your flight. Plus, the airport common areas and the planes themselves aren’t exactly thoroughly cleaned very often. Bring mini hand sanitizers (small to pass through security) with you and wash your hands thoroughly before eating or touching your face. Bring your own pillows and blankets.

Car Travel

Step one before any major road trip is to have your vehicle inspected. Make sure that your fluids are all good (oil, brake fluid, etc.), your tires have the proper amount of air, and that your car is prepared for long-distance travel. Make sure that the driver is awake and unimpaired. Take frequent stops, even if you don’t feel tired, so that you don’t become tired at an inconvenient time. Tired driving can be as bad as drunk driving.

Make sure you and your family are buckled up at all times. If you’re traveling with kids, make sure that they are secured in their seats and have plenty of coloring books, movies, or other activities to keep them occupied so they don’t become a distraction to the driver. If you’re traveling with pets, make sure that they are locked in their carriers so they don’t move around the car and become a hazard or distraction.

If you can, try leaving on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving instead of Wednesday or Thursday. Try to head back home on Friday instead of Saturday or Sunday. Avoiding the high traffic days will help you and your family stay safe on the road!

Hazardous Conditions

Always check the weather forecast before leaving for a trip. If you’re flying somewhere and see signs of a potential storm or icy runways, consider trying to move your flight to beat the storm. If you’re driving, you have the perk of running on your own schedule. Try to plan your trip so that you don’t drive through a blizzard!

Keep a roadside assistance kit in your car with jumper cables, a battery charger, and an empty gas container for emergencies. Include a first-aid kit with band-aids and ointments, a heavy blanket or two, and safety tools. Keep a decent flashlight with replacement batteries and a few tools that can help you get out of tricky situations. You should always have these items in your car, but it is especially important in the colder months.

Other useful items to store:

  • Ice scraper
  • Ice pick or something you can break a window with
  • Power bars/non-perishable, energy-replenishing snacks
  • Water
  • Cat litter to create traction under your tires
  • Rain gear
  • Running shoes
  • Spare tire and materials to change it

Car Insurance

Driving without auto insurance is not only a poor financial choice but also a legal issue. If you are pulled over or get into an accident and don’t have insurance, you can be faced with heavy legal fines. To buy a new insurance plan or update your existing plan, contact a licensed agent at InsureTN. Call 615-964-5250.


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