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5 Tips for Thanksgiving Travel

Are you planning on traveling for Thanksgiving? Thanksgiving week is one of the busiest times for travel during the year. It can also be a stressful time of year. If you want to make sure that your Thanksgiving trip goes smoothly, consider these five travel tips for Thanksgiving travel.

tips for Thanksgiving Travel

Prepare Ahead of Time

If you plan on traveling by car, one of the most important things you can do is make sure to get all of your regular maintenance taken care of before you head out on the road. You can avoid many of the common pitfalls of holiday travel if you are careful enough to make sure your vehicle is in good condition before you leave.

Travel During Off-Hours

Want to save a few hours while you are on the road? Consider traveling at off-peak times. For most, this means leaving a few days before Thanksgiving if at all possible. If you are a night owl or an early bird, though, you might be able to save some time by driving during those times when most are asleep. You can actually cut hours off of a long trip by avoiding being on the road during peak driving hours.

Know The Weather

Thanksgiving falls during autumn, but It also marks the unofficial start of the winter driving season. As such, the weather can be unpredictable around this time of year. Make sure to check out the weather forecast so that you can be prepared for whatever Mother Nature brings your way.

Make an Emergency Plan

Come up with a solid emergency plan before you start traveling. Make sure that someone knows that you are on the road, and that they are aware of your route. Know where you can find emergency stops and even hotels if you are stuck overnight. Make a timetable and stick to it so others can keep a look out for you. If you can put together a solid plan before you leave, you’ll be able to deal with the emergencies on which you may not have counted when you travel.

Invest in Roadside Assistance

Finally, if you want to have some peace of mind while you drive, consider the Allstate Good Hands Rescue® roadside assistance service. This service provides customers with towing assistance, lockout services, dead battery replacement, tire changes and even jump-starts – the perfect service for those who don’t want to deal with uncertainty while they are on the road. 

You don’t have to be an Allstate customer to use the service. All you have to do is download the app, or visit the mobile website and use it as needed. You only pay after the service is complete. When you request service, the app uses GPS to pinpoint your location. A service provider is then dispatched to your location. Using the app, you can see real-time updates of the provider’s location so you can see how long it will take to reach you.

On Wednesday, November 23, Allstate will be running a promotion where travelers can receive roadside rescues for $2 for the first 1,000 requests for standard vehicles* (no RV’s, commercial trucks). I’m hoping you don’t run into trouble on the way to your Thanksgiving destination, but if you do, at least you won’t have to spend a fortune for assistance. For more information, please visit the Allstate.com/GoodHandsRescue website.

Thanksgiving travel planning doesn’t have to be tough. Make plans, prepare ahead of time and make sure you have the right help when you are on the road. If you can put in just a little effort, you’ll be able to avoid some of the most common travel headaches.

* Promotional pricing available only for first 1,000 requests on 11/23 from 12:00am to 11:59pm CT made from m.goodhandsrescue.com or the Good Hands Rescue app in the United States. Applies to standard vehicles only; no commercial, RV, extra weight. Towing limited to 5 miles; additional miles priced at $4.25/mile. Fuel costs extra. Must have valid credit card. Subject to terms, conditions, and availability.

This post was written as part of the Allstate Influencer Program and sponsored by Allstate. All opinions are mine. As the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, Allstate is dedicated not only to protecting what matters most–but to guiding people to live the Good Life, every day.

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Diane Nassy

Diane is a New Jersey-based writer and blogger. She is a wife and the mom of a 9-year-old little boy. Through her blog, she wants to inspire moms to find Zen in their lives while offering practical tips and other valuable information to help families deal with everyday issues. Check out Diane's Google+ profile "