While your holiday plans might look a little different this year, those planning to travel safely will likely still have to endure the stress of traveling during the holiday season. Follow these tips to beat the stress of holiday traffic on your trip.
Research and Planning Ahead
There’s no such thing as overplanning when it comes to road trips, especially around the holidays. With congested roads and more significant potential for problematic weather, thorough research and planning are a necessity.
Check Traffic Reports
Be sure to check traffic reports often leading up to and during your trip. Traffic patterns can change in the blink of an eye. Staying on top of the reports will help you adjust accordingly.
Prepare Backup Plans
If your original route is full of construction work, accidents, or too many traffic jams, it’s best to have at least one other path in mind. If you’ve checked the traffic reports ahead of time and see that a daunting traffic pattern is likely, research a way around it to avoid the stress altogether.
Bring Road Trip Fuel
Traveling on an empty stomach is never a good idea. When you find yourself stuck in holiday traffic on an empty stomach, you’ll likely become agitated a lot quicker. Bring a few filling and delicious snacks to keep yourself energized and in good spirits.
Travel at Off Times
Planning to leave the night before the holiday after work is like asking to run into traffic. Instead, plan to travel at an off time of the day to hopefully catch some open roads. Consider traveling at night or early in the morning to beat rush hour times.
Utilize Calming Techniques
Even with all these tips in mind, sometimes the traffic just can’t be avoided. It’s best to find techniques to help you de-stress and go with the flow in these instances. Try listening to your favorite podcast or calling a friend to keep your mind from dwelling on the negative.
Holiday travel can add unnecessary stress to your plans. Consider implementing a few of these tips to beat the stress of holiday traffic this year.