Thanksgiving Road Trip Survival Guide

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Did you know that according to the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission an estimated 3.5 million Pennsylvania drivers traveled during Thanksgiving last year? Chances are you were probably one of those drivers, and you plan to be again this year. Traveling during the holiday week can be hellish, so we put together a few quick tips to help ease the stress and get you and yours safely to your destination.
 
  1. Get a tune up:
    Before you leave, make sure your car is in tip-top shape for a long haul drive. This means things like getting an oil change, checking your tire pressure and topping off your windshield washer fluid.
     
  2. Plan your trip ahead of time:
    Check traffic reports and try to leave on the least popular travel days of the week. In case you were wondering, that would be any other day but Wednesday – but if you can’t escape traveling on Wednesday, try to leave at 6:00 am or a little thereafter to avoid major traffic. The closer you get to 3:00pm the worse the traffic jams will be.

  3. Have an emergency kit ready:
    When you hit the road you should be prepared for anything and packing an emergency kit helps you stay that way. While you can buy a premade kit, we recommend creating your own – so that you’ll know exactly what is inside. Include items like cotton pads, antiseptic wash and bandages to take care of any bumps and bruises, along with jumper cables, tire gauges and patches, and fluorescent road markers to take care of your car.

  4. Bring entertainment:
    This should be a no brainer, especially if you’re traveling with kids or teens. Make sure all tablets, mp3 players, and portable gaming devices are charged. Bring spare sets of headphones and chargers (you don’t want a fight to break out over who gets to use it next.) Trying to unplug? Bring some magazines and easy games to play in the car. Anyone up for a rousing game of I spy or road trip bingo? Most importantly, don’t forget the snacks!

  5. Preparing for the worst:
    A bag of kitty litter in the trunk in case you get stuck in the snow, extra washer fluid in the trunk, an ice scraper, blankets. You never know when you may encounter bad weather, a swarm of bugs, or hordes of cats (we’re just kitten!) In reality, all these items may come in handy for getting out of a travel bind when the roads are slickery.
Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Verti! We hope that your travels are safe and you get to eat a ton of pie at your destination of choice.