When the holidays arrive, so does the rush of holiday travelers and the congestion they cause. Nothing quite puts a damper on your holiday celebrations than bad traffic, but keeping a number of key tips in mind will help you better avoid the hassle and get to your destination with your sanity intact.
Most people will resort to taking major highways and familiar routes on their journey. If you want to avoid traffic and potentially enjoy a more peaceful, scenic route, do a little research to find an alternative route to your destination.
Another way to avoid heavy traffic is to beat the rush. This could mean leaving extra early in the morning, or even adjusting your schedule so that, for example, you’re traveling the Monday before Thanksgiving rather than that Wednesday. Try to anticipate when most people will be driving and adjust your schedule to avoid that date and time.
Nothing is worse than some unexpected issue with your vehicle delaying your trip. Avoid this unwanted circumstance by getting your oil changed and having your vehicle checked before you leave. Certain things like car batteries and tires are very sensitive to low temperatures and should be given special attention this time of year.
It’s important to get a good night’s sleep before any long journey on the road. Make sure that you are packed ahead of time and have prepared all foods, gifts, or other items before the eve of your departure so that you can relax and get a restful night of sleep.
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More and more drivers prefer to travel with their pets, especially on summer vacations. That’s why we at Pantili Mitsubishi have written these tips for travelling with pets. From proper restraints to knowing when to take a break, there are some important things to keep in mind when driving with your furry companion.
According to the DMV, driving with a pet is like driving with a small child in many ways. You should never leave them unattended, always use proper safety equipment, and be prepared for messes. In particular, you should stop every two hours for water and a bathroom break when travelling with dogs, and never leave them in the car. Temperatures can soar on hot days, which is often fatal for pets.
Avoid letting your pet stick its head out the window, regardless of how much it might enjoy it. That’s because this can cause respiratory problems, road debris can strike your pet, and they can escape in the event of an accident. Pets should be in small carriers that securely strap into the seat. For big dogs, consider buying a rear seat barrier.
Finally, be prepared for messes. Some companies offer no-spill dog bowls for your pet to have fresh water all the time, and many suggest travelling with newspaper, towels, and cleaning supplies.
To avoid car sickness on long trips, try car training. This involves taking short trips with your pet to get them acclimated. Above all, if you notice your pet is too stressed, consider just leaving them at home.
Technology is there to make our lives easier and more convenient — so why not use it? Whatever type of phone you use, there is a plethora of smartphone travel apps available to help you plan your trip, find the best gas prices, check into local hotels, avoid heavy traffic on the highway, and more.
- TripIt, Hotel Tonight, and GasBuddy
These are your everything-planners. TripIt helps with everything from planning your route to finding lodging, nearby restaurants, and even car rentals. Hotel Tonight has a similar function, finding nearby hotels with vacancies. GasBuddy recommends the lowest gas prices along your route.
- Goby, MydistriKt, and Eventurist
Want to experience an area like the locals do? Goby points out regional hotspots and nearby events like plays and concerts. MydistriKt is similar, drawing feedback from locals to identify all the hottest places in town, and Eventurist focuses solely on special events in an area.
This is exactly what it says on the tin. Don’t wanna waste data? Free Wi-Fi Finder can help.
When your trip is over, Esplorio cultivates status updates, location check-ins, and pictures from your social media accounts and puts everything in one place for you to enjoy.
Using a few smartphone travel apps lets you not only plan your trip better, but enjoy events and activities you may not have known about otherwise. Prepare for your summer vacation with just the touch of a button.