Driver's Ed • Holiday Travel Tips

Posted by Christine Rodriguez on Dec 23, 2015 12:30:00 PM
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Holiday Travel Tips

Family, food, gifts, and of course, ugly sweaters - all words surrounding the winter holidays! It is an exciting time for family and friends, filled with get-togethers and celebrations. With millions of travelers hitting the road to get to their destination, roads can become crowded and dangerous. If you are one of those travelers, keep these tips in mind to ensure you get to your loved ones house safely, and stress free!


Vehicle Check. Be sure your vehicle is working properly – lights, oil, antifreeze, battery – everything! And of course, check your gas tank. You don’t want to break down in the middle of a busy highway. 

Follow the Rules. There are extra patrols out during the holidays. Obey speed limits and road signs, and of course, no drinking and driving. A speeding ticket or DUI will certainly put a damper on your holiday!

Plan your Route. Know how to get where you are going BEFORE you leave the house. While a GPS is helpful, there is always the possibility that it won’t work. Should it shut down, you will still get to your destination without a problem!

Sleep Well. Get as much sleep as you can the night before your trip. This will avoid any drowsy driving! If you do become tired while on the road, pull over and rest. Being drowsy while driving is just as dangerous as being distracted!

Prepare for an Emergency. Just in case something happens, keep a blanket, warm clothes, a flashlight, and emergency kit in your car. This way if you do become stranded, you are prepared.

Secure those Pets. Taking your furry friends on the road with you? Check out “Driving In Cars With Pets” for a rundown on how to safely travel with them.

Prep your Home. If you are going to be away for a few days, be sure your home is secure. Timers to automatically turn on lights will make it look as though someone is home. If possible, have a neighbor drive by once or twice a day to check the area.


Holidays are supposed to be fun! Don’t let it turn into a disaster. Keep these simple tips in mind, and most importantly relax and enjoy your family!

From our family to yours,
Happy Holidays!


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