With less than a month away from Thanksgiving, your family is undoubtedly prepping for the holidays. You have your brothers and sisters on a group text, deciding who will be in charge of dessert, appetizers, and, of course, the turkey. You’re selecting wine pairings (Bring the pair of them!), deciding on which type of potato (mashed, scalloped, or sweet), and figuring out which crazy Aunt you have to invite, and which you can just invite for dessert. There’s a lot to plan!
Then, of course, there’s the act of actually getting there. Nearly 55 million Americans are expected to travel more than 50 miles for Thanksgiving. Of those, around 48.5 million of them will be hitting the road for a long distance road trip. As our long distance couriers from Dallas know, the open road can be equal parts exciting and exhausting. Throw in a few sibling rivalries and uncoordinated bathroom breaks, and your family road trip can quickly become more reminiscent of National Lampoon’s Vacation than the leisurely cross country trek of your dreams.
Not to worry, though! Eagle Express has been training long distance couriers from Dallas for nearly 40 years to travel safely and quickly throughout the state of Texas and beyond. If anyone has great tips for traveling long distances, it’s our couriers! So heed our advice, and consider these survival tips before you hit the road for your Thanksgiving holiday:
- Go late, leave early: The busiest day of the holiday season will be Wednesday prior to Thanksgiving. If you can leave on Thanksgiving morning, you’ll have a far easier drive. That being said, if you wait until Sunday after Thanksgiving to head home, you’ll be in a mess of traffic. Opt to leave on Friday or Saturday, and enjoy less crowded highways.
- Plan your route: Don’t wait for Google Maps to do it for you on the day of. Plan your route to avoid busy cities or high-traffic areas. Have a general idea about the direction you’re going in case you lose GPS signal.
- Buckle up: Everyone, from 1 to 91, including Fido, needs to be harnessed in while the car is in drive. Not only will you get a major fine for not having the humans buckled in, if you were to get in an accident and Fido wasn’t restrained, he could do a great deal of damage to himself or other passengers in the car.
- Pack your own snacks: Doing so will save you time and money. Not to mention, your snacks will be loads healthier than those you could pick up at a convenience store.
- Take breaks: Plan breaks into your driving schedule. Leave room for stretching, a cup of coffee and…relief from the cup of coffee. This keeps drivers alert and passengers sane.
- Prepare: No one expects to be sitting on the side of the road waiting for a tow truck, but everyone can be prepared for it. As our long distance couriers from Dallas know well, it’s best to have a backup plan if all else fails. It’s why we insure our drivers, our vehicles and your items for the duration of their journey. We don’t anticipate failure, but we’re ready to solve problems that do occur. You can be ready, too. Have emergency blankets, food, and water. First aid kits and flashlights are great to have on hand, as well.
- Enjoy your time: Even if it takes more time than you planned, try to enjoy it. You’re together for the holidays, and you have a great deal to be thankful for!
As you go the distance this Thanksgiving to visit friends and family for the holiday, take care of yourself and your family. It’s your job to make sure you travel safely. It’s our job to make sure your cargo moves safely throughout the state of Texas and beyond.
Our long distance couriers from Dallas are prepared and trained to transport your time and temperature sensitive goods outside the city limits. Your items, no matter how big or small, stay in the hands of our couriers without stopping to be consolidated, and without being handed off to a third party.
If you're ready for your cargo to go the distance in the hands of a professional and dedicated delivery team, don't hesitate to call us at 214-351-5777.