Turkey Day Travel: A Few Helpful Hacks

Travel on November 15, 2016

With Thanksgiving just a little over a week away, some of us will be hitting the road to connect with family and friends to celebrate. Save yourself a headache by following these simple travel hacks and arrive to your destination ready to eat!

Hack #1: Know when to leave.

Did you know that 91 percent of long-distance holiday travel is done by car? That means that regardless of where you’re heading, the roads will be packed.  According to U.S. Department of Transportation, Thanksgiving Day is more heavily traveled than Wednesday, so heading out the day before, or even on Monday or Tuesday, gives you a better chance of avoiding the traffic. You should also hit the road when everyone else is asleep—either early in the morning, or late at night.

Hack #2: Download the right apps.

While gas prices may have you feeling thankful, what’s better than saving even more at the pump? Apps such as GasBuddy tell you the cheapest gas along your route, allowing you to fill up without breaking the bank. Charmin’s SitOrSquat is another useful app helping travelers find the cleanest bathrooms to make a pit stop at along the way. Technology is your friend when it comes to making travel as headache-free as possible.

Hack #3: Follow these safe driving tips.

It may be tempting to roll down your windows and put on your favorite Christmas music while headed toward your Thanksgiving destination. However, avoid this urge when you’re driving on the highway. Your vehicle has to work harder to maintain its speed with the windows rolled down, so save your car and yourself gas money by keeping the windows up.  You’ll also want to avoid the temptation to set your car to cruise control. While this is often a great way to avoid a ticket, with millions of people on the road, you’ll have a slower reaction time with the car set to cruise.

Traveling at any time, but especially during the holidays, can bring unexpected hurdles and outcomes. However, preparing before you hit the road could make all of the difference.

From GarageFly to you, we wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving!