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Christmas can be a lovely time of the year and a great chance for catching up with friends and family, but it can also be a stressful period with a lot of travel. Whether you are traveling home for Christmas, taking the kids to see their grandparents or visiting friends, you will want to make sure that you have everything that you need for a long journey in the car.

Read on for a few tips for managing long drives over the holidays:

 

Reliable Vehicle

First, you need to make sure that you have a reliable vehicle which will be up to the task as driving can be much harder during winter. You can pick up affordable and highly reliable used cars from second-hand dealerships which might be a smart move if your current car is on its last legs. You then need to make sure that the vehicle is properly maintained over winter and that you are always driving safely and carefully (particularly in hazardous conditions).

 

Plan the Trip in Advance

It is also helpful if you have carefully planned the trip in advance so that you know exactly where you are going and where you are going to stop off. This should stop you from getting lost or turning up late which can both cause a great deal of unnecessary stress over the holidays. It is also smart to give yourself plenty of time and longer than you would normally as it can take longer in the winter when the roads can be busy and the conditions much worse (you should check the forecast ahead of time too.

 

In-Car Entertainment

You may also want to have some in-car entertainment for long trips so that they do not become boring. You could come up with a few car games to play with others in the car, make a few playlists for the trip, listen to podcasts or untying else which might help the time pass. Additionally, if the journey is particularly long then you might want to think about taking it in turns driving to share the load.

 

Snacks & Water

It is a good idea to have plenty of snacks for long journeys as well as enough water. It is a good idea to stop every now and then so that you can all get out and stretch your legs but you do not want to consistently be stopping to pick up supplies.

Hopefully, these tips will help you to manage any long drives that you have planned over the holidays. You do not want your time behind the wheel to put you in a bad move during this special time of the year which means that you need to be well prepared and make sure that you are able to drive happily, confidently and safely.