Is that your dog with his head hanging out the car window? With millions of drivers on the road this holiday season, many family pets are traveling as well.
Here are a few holiday road trip tips to get you and your furry friends on your way.
According to AAA about 99 million Americans are traveling throughout December and January. Unlike previous years, 91% of those travelers are taking to the road. I’m inclined to believe this may have something to do with plummeting gas prices, which are lower than they have been in the past five years. In fact it is the longest period of continual price decline previously tracked by AAA.
This is a great time for smart men and women travelers to take advantage of the savings. Road trips are not always the choice mode of transportation, but it can arguably be the most adventurous – so long as you are prepared. Here are a few trip tips, including some from AAA, to ensure you and your pets have a hassle free journey.
–Be sure to always get sufficient rest and stop driving when you are tired.
–Remember to check your tire pressure, especially important with wintery weather and slick roads.
–Never mix radial tires with any other type of tire — don’t mix your drinks either 🙂
–Keep your gas tank at least ½ full to avoid gas line freezing as well as closed stations during the holidays.
–Watch weather reports for your entire route to be prepared in the event you run into strong winter storms.
–Download traffic and map apps on your smartphone. Here are a few of my favorites.
For your pets:
–If staying in a hotel with your dog and he barks at the very sound of footsteps, be sure to pack something that muffles the noise like a fan or you could risk getting the boot at hotels.
–If you are traveling with pets make sure they should securely fastened in the backseat.
–Be sure to microchip your dog before leaving home and attach a tag with your cell number and any other pertinent information. It’s also a good idea to carry extra tags in case one gets snagged off.
–Bring your pets favorite edible chews and a spill proof bowl for water
–Plan ahead and ensure your selected hotels will accommodate pets. Better yet, phone the hotel to verify. Here’s a great site that lists hotels that allow pets: HotelGuides.com
–Not often thought about, but it’s a good idea to have the info on animal clinics along your route.
Wishing you and your pets a very safe and fun holiday season!