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Roadscapes Wednesday: Tips For A Safe Travel Season

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This week for Thanksgiving and for the upcoming Christmas season, many people will be flying, driving, or taking the bus/train to another destination.  Sure, most people will think they will have no problems while traveling, but things can happen from congestion, accidents, flight delays, and more!  So let me show you some smart travel tips for anyone who is traveling this holiday season.  First off, the people who are flying.

For anyone who is flying, start off by getting to the airport early.  Parking lots close to the airport will fill up quickly which means you will have to park far away and it will take longer to get inside the airport.  Don’t forget about check-in lines, as well as security lines which will be usually longer than normal.   Also, remember airlines require bags to be checked up to an hour early, and planes start boarding 15 to 20 minutes before departure, so make sure to be present at the gate before boarding is called.

If you are driving to a destination, the roads will not be like the empty paradise where you can drive as fast as you want.  The roads will be more crowded than normal.  And throw in snow and ice, and it will make your drive times even longer.  You must allow more time to get to your destination.  And if you do encounter winter driving conditions, SLOW DOWN!  One smart way to keep up to date with travel conditions is go to the state’s department of transportation website.  Many states have instant online road conditions and most states even have a 511 number you can call for conditions.

While traveling, make sure you have your important documents with you at all times.  Pack snacks and games for the little ones so they will not get bored.  Travel on non busy days like Christmas Eve or Thanksgiving Day.  And, everyone must have a “Plan-B” just in case something bad happens.  Watch this video below to see what travelers have to face for the Thanksgiving travel season, stay safe!