The Thanksgiving holiday is undoubtedly the busiest travel time of the year with notorious transportation delays, traffic and travel snags all meeting travelers at nearly every turn. But with a bit of foresight and some Thanksgiving travel planning, you may ease some travel headaches whether you’re heading home for the holidays or escaping for a drama-free adventure.
Regardless of your plans, you’ll be thankful for these Thanksgiving travel tips:
Plan ahead. Know where you’re going and how you’re going to get there. Download the latest GPS data or obtain a new map. Check for construction detours, and consult the weatherman.
Don’t post news that you’re out of town, particularly not online on social networks which are open to the public.
Lower the volume on your telephone ringer; no need to imply you’re away with the chiming of repeated rings.
Leave your keys and responsibilities with a trusted neighbor or friend; have them pick up mail and deliveries, and occasionally move your parked car around. Don’t hide your keys outside; burglars will enjoy hunting for them.
Secure doors and windows; eliminate ladders or house-hugging tree limbs to make sure there’s no easy access to upstairs windows.
Operate lights with a timer, so you’ve always got something lit at night.
Invest in a security alarm system—which is a fantastic idea anyway!