With the hustle and bustle of the holidays in full swing, it’s no secret that people are more stressed as they begin to experience long waits and unexpected challenges while traveling. Regardless if you are driving or flying, you can count on more delays than you would experience in the warmer months.

Driving during the winter poses many challenges, especially when you are traveling great distances. Below are a few travel tips to make your driving experience more enjoyable (or as enjoyable as it can be at the holidays!)

Always remember to have your car looked at by a professional before you leave. The last thing you want is to break down in a little town in the middle of the night in a snow storm and be left stranded for several hours, or have your breaks go out on an icy road!

Make sure to review your route and alternate routes so you are somewhat familiar with your surroundings. Updating your GPS to the latest version is always a great plus. If you don’t have a GPS, be sure to have maps of each state/area you will be traveling through. Always be prepared for road closures and re-routings.

Check your vehicle safety kit to make sure it is winterized. Be sure to add sand or cat litter to aid in traction, blankets, and a good book in case you get stuck!

Make frequent stops to stretch your legs. Winter daylight hours are short. Driving in the dark tends to make you tired quicker so stopping to refresh will improve your alertness behind the wheel. Also remember to stay hydrated. Dehydration leads to fatigue and decreased alertness as well.

I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable Holiday Season!