Cynthia Brough: Thousands of families choose to drive to their holiday celebrations. Whether you're heading to the beach, your favorite vacation destination or celebrating with family, AAA has simple tips to make your holiday drive a smooth one.
Ensure you arrive at your destination safely and without incident by having your vehicle properly maintained. If maintenance is not up to date, have your car and tires inspected before you take a long drive.
Mark your route in advance and be prepared for busy roads during the most popular times of the year. If possible, consider leaving earlier or later to avoid any traffic. Keep anything of value in the trunk or covered storage area.
If you're home address is programmed into your GPS, reprogram it for a public location near your home otherwise someone else's temptation can end up being your disappointment.
If you're traveling with children, remind them not to talk to strangers. Go with them to bathroom breaks and give them whistles to be used only if the family gets separated. If an incident occurs on the road it's important to have contact information for roadside assistants.
Keep a cell phone and charger with you at all times in case of an emergency. AAA and many other companies offer cell phone apps that enable motorist to request help without making a phone call.
With a little prep, you can leave the road trip stress at home and enjoy the holiday with your family.