Wintery Thanksgiving Day Travel – Be Safe

Snowy Jet at JFK - Photo Courtesy of DearEdward

Snowy Jet at JFK – Photo Courtesy of DearEdward

Scottsdale, AZ – November 25, 2014

Thanksgiving is about gathering with family and friends and reflecting on what we are thankful for in our lives. When it comes to traveling to reach those families and friends, historically, Thanksgiving is known as one of the busiest times to travel. This year AAA predicts 46.3 Americans will travel for Thanksgiving. Thanks to the lowest Thanksgiving gas prices since 2010, this year a lot more people will not only be traveling by air, but by car too.

According to AAA the Wednesday before Thanksgiving is the busiest travel day of all and most people will travel at least 50 miles or more from their homes to be with friends and family.

Wintery Travel

Those of you traveling on the east coast need to be prepared for winter storms. According to NBC News, snow is in the forecast for Wednesday and Thursday all along the east coast, from Maine to Washington. The forecast also says that the New York area, which was blanketed by snow last week, could see another 6 to 10 inches.

Airport Delays

The Weather Channel is reporting airport delays could take place for flights going from Denver to Boston and the FAA is predicting delays and cancelations at La Guardia in New York and at Reagan National in Washington and in Philadelphia.

A Few Travel Tips

Of course it’s always best to get to the airport early, but you can also take advantage of the many airport and airline apps that are available for your smart phone. You can see maps of the airport parking areas, keep tabs on flight delays and most airlines allow you to check-in using a mobile app. This can save you from standing in long lines. Try to pack light and avoid checking a bag. Checking a bag will cause more delays and if your flight is cancelled or delayed, you may be without your bag for a while.

For those who are braving the roads, plan out a smart route with GPS, that avoids busy routes. The I-95 corridor on the east coast could see delays from the winter storm. Try avoiding driving on the busiest days, like Wednesday and Sunday. Make sure that if you’re driving in snow, you know how to handle snowy and icy conditions.

Some good basic tips from the Travel Channel include:

Drive slowly on ice and snow – particularly on bridges and overpasses, as these tend to freeze first.

Use your low-beam lights in snow.

Take water, snacks and warm clothes with you, in case you get stuck.

If you skid – don’t panic, don’t slam on the brakes, release the gas pedal slowly and steer the car in the direction the rear is sliding (rear sliding left, turn the steering wheel to the left).

To be safe, just take it slow and don’t take risks – if the roads are too unsafe stop, pull over and put your hazard lights on.

Angel MedFlight wants everyone to travel safely and have a wonderful time celebrating Thanksgiving with their loved ones. Happy Thanksgiving from Angel MedFLight.

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