Five Stress Free Road Trip Travel Tips during the Holidays
Picture this: You’ve grinded to a halt on the interstate after an hour of stop-and-go traffic. All you see up ahead are brake lights, brake lights, and more brake lights. Already running late, you grimace each time you see the estimated arrival time on the GPS creep later and later.
To make matters worse, you’ve got a headache from the road-trip racket playing on repeat in the background: blaring horns, radio wave static, and the kids in the backseat whining about how they are starving.
Don’t let this be you. Follow the life hacks below to avoid road trip pitfalls so that you can make it to your holiday destination on time and free of stress.
- Anticipate delays and allow yourself extra time to reach your destination.
We all know that things don’t always go according to plan, especially when it comes to taking a road trip during the holiday season. Unexpected delays can crop up at any moment. So skip the drama of barely making it in time and give yourself that cushion of extra time to ensure that you don’t have to race that clock on the dash.
- Pack a cooler chock-full of goodies and drinks.
Do you ever wonder how much time you waste sitting in those sluggish drive-through lines? Avoid the wait, and save yourself a few bucks in the process by taking a few pre-trip minutes to pack some snacks, sandwiches and drinks. This way, you know that your food will be just the way you like it, and you won’t have any “hangry” kids grumbling in the backseat.
To save even a little more money—and be eco-friendly—pack re-usable water bottles and refill them at rest stops.
- Carpool and make plans to switch drivers every couple of hours
Have you ever been driving for such a long time that your eyes start to play tricks on you? Save your sanity—and gas money—by coordinating a carpool to your next destination. Not only will this save you money, but it will also give you and those in the car peace of mind knowing that a fresh, bright-eyed driver is waiting in the reserves.
- Use the Waze app to get updates on delays and traffic
Crawling along in bumper-to-bumper traffic definitely puts a damper on your holiday road trip. But what if there was a way to avoid that? Now, there is.
Use The Waze app to determine which traffic jams are worth waiting out, and which ones are not. The app uses information from users to alert fellow drivers about real-time road and traffic information in the area.
If you are approaching a major traffic jam up ahead, the app can also help you take advantage of back roads by re-routing you around the accident.
- Make a road trip playlist ahead of time
Taking a road trip can be stressful enough, so you definitely don’t need the extra annoyance of hearing that same grating pop song for the sixth time in two hours. Or worse yet, that crackly airwave static that pops up every time you leave the radius of a major city.
So, plan ahead and make a road trip playlist full of songs that you actually enjoy. Or, if you’re feeling a little old school, throw it back and make a few mixed CDs—that is, if your car still boasts a CD player.
Either way, with a CD or an AUX cord, you’re bound to be a happier and more relaxed driver if you’ve got the sweet sound of your favorite tunes playing in the background.
By using these helpful hints, you will be able to make it to your holiday destination free of stress and ready to spread the joy.