As we all know the holidays are approaching, which means we get to spend time with loved ones. However, other things come with the Holidays including packed malls, road trips to grandma’s house, and aggressive drivers. Before you go home or travel for the holidays, here are some Tips & Tricks for the road.
Walk instead of drive.
If your destination is within walking distance, then consider walking. This is a healthy alternative, saves gas, and reduces congestion on the roads. Plus, you’ll feel better walking off that Thanksgiving meal.
Don’t Drive During Rush Hour.
By planning your trip ahead of time and checking Google maps you can determine if it’s a good time to leave earlier or later in the day. If you do have to travel during rush hours, remain calm and expect delays. It’s the nature of the beast.
Plan alternative routes.
In case there is a crash or disruption on your way it’s good to familiarize yourself with surrounding major roads. This way you can feel comfident in taking another route and avoid multitasking with your GPS and feeling flustered when driving
Plan a Sober Ride Ahead of Time.
Talk with your partner, cousin, sibling, parent ahead of time and make a plan on who will be the designated driver. There is no excuse to driving impaired. Please be responsible.
Take Turns Driving.
Long road trips on little sleep can be SUPER UNSAFE so take turns driving if you’re traveling long distances with friends and family. Signs of drowsiness include; heavy eyelids, yawning, and swerving.
Don’t Use Your Phone While Driving.
Holiday Hangouts and family dinners means lots of questions and planning by phone. It can be tempting to answer a text, or Snapchat your bestie while on the road, but I want you to live through the Holidays. My tip for you is to Call or Text the person you’re about to meet up with that you’re on the way, “OMW.” After that there should be no question about your arrival and they hopefully won’t be tempted to contact you while you’re driving.
Happy Holidays and Safe Travels.