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Tips for Driving to Grandma’s for Thanksgiving

The holidays are fast approaching, are you ready for your family road trip to grandma’s house for Thanksgiving? Here is a how-to guide on maximizing fun during your family road trip.
 
Planning Pow Wow
When you take the time to get everyone together to plan your upcoming trip, it gives you the opportunity for buy in so no one can say they were left out. It also gets everyone excited about the adventure you’ll take together. Pull out a map and make sure everyone has a drink in hand that makes them happy. Kiddos get the hot chocolate and you get whatever works for you! Talking trip details helps everyone feel empowered and on board for this adventure together.
 
Realistic driving schedule
Don’t try to power through a long trip with small children or pets. Even if it’s just you, think about stops for food and bathroom. Never a bad idea to just stop for a good stretch or a cup of coffee. Consider making it even more fun with stops along the way. Short hikes or museums can help break up a long trip and make it more manageable. It’s always good to add  an extra adventure! 
 
Snacks Snacks Snacks
Road trip food always makes the journey more fun. Make sure you have everyone’s favorite snack. The day before you leave you can even make it a fun time by having everyone pack their own favorite and that way no one is left out and it’s up to them to bring it along. Consider how messy of a snack you are willing to deal with and make sure to bring wipes to help clean up any messes. 
 
Pack light
When you pack light, it’s less for you to have to worry about keeping up with and it also makes for more legroom. That makes everyone happy! Plan ahead to maximize how you load up the car too. Consider a cargo rack if you don’t have ample trunk space. 
 
Set screen time limits
Screen time can help the time go by, but it can also detract from family time. Establish the limits before heading out so everyone is in agreement. That leaves less room for manipulation. 
 
Play games
Playing games can be a fun way to pass the time too. I spy and license plate hunting are two examples. Here’s a site with a ton of great ideas to get through even the longest trip: https://thoughtcatalog.com/christine-stockton/2018/06/road-trip-games/ 
 
Be sure to call Antero Automotive to get your vehicle road-ready before you head out. A little bit of preventive maintenance goes a very long way. No one wants to be stranded on the side of the road and especially when there’s pie waiting for you on the other end. Schedule a service appointment, or stop by our shop located at 6615 S Dayton Street Greenwood Village, CO 80111. We are happy to help make sure your family road trip to Grandma’s house is a safe and successful adventure.

 

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