It’s that time of year for travel to see family and friends. I have compiled some items on a list as a guide for safety and comfort. Please be careful and have a wonderful time of memories and joy. I look forward to many years of our friendship – so be safe out there!
Ensure your vehicle is properly maintained.
Pack car the night before so your travel is not delayed, making you feel rushed and need to speed. Plan foods so you don’t have to eat fast food/drive-thru. Buy healthy snacks in bulk and prepackage in baggies for easy use during the trip. Pack along power foods such as cheese sticks, nuts, dried fruit, and store cold items in a light cooler. Don’t forget the water. Every 2 hours or so stop, stretch and walk around the car a few times to avoid the possibility of deep-vein thrombosis which is a condition that occurs when leg circulation isn’t very good. Everyone in the car, whether driver or passenger should walk, flex ankles and shake out the kinks. Programming or checking gps, phone calls, etc. make driving a hazard for everyone. Plan ahead to know the route, or have another rider navigating the trip. I read that glancing at a map while driving is SEVEN times more risky than texting! Take along games, cds, travel games and holiday songs to help entertain and pass the time.
A basic list for safe travel: Carry gloves, boots, blankets, flares, a small shovel, sand or kitty litter (to help get car out of slick or muddy conditions), tire chains, a flashlight, and a cell phone. Put a few “high-energy” snacks in your glove box and water.
Plan, prepare and enjoy the ride!
Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2013
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