Believe it or not, the holidays are right around the corner, and you know what that means: road trips to Grandma’s house. If your family is planning a trip this holiday season, consider these travel tips courtesy of our on-the-road experts at Hogan’s Automotive.

Holiday Travel Trips

1. Start Planning Early

When planning a road trip for the holidays, always plan ahead. Make checklists and get supplies for the journey, and do not leave things up to chance or wait until the last minute. Today, with a GPS in every smartphone, it’s easy to assume navigation will take care of itself. But if you plan out your route in advance and print out a map, you’ll be better protected against the unexpected. And don’t forget to take into account that holiday traffic can make the roads busier than at other times of the year.

2. Plan for All Weather

A well-stocked car is also more likely to arrive safe and sound at its destination than one without the right tools. If you’re planning on ice and snow, you should have the right scrapers and brushes, plus blankets, warm clothes, water bottles, a back-up phone charger, and a first aid kit. Even if you’re not expecting wintry weather in your part of the country, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. You don’t want a surprise bout of sleet or snow to ruin your fun.

3. Book a Rental Car

If you own a car, you might not normally consider getting a rental car for a holiday trip. What is the point in paying for a rental car when you have a car sitting in your garage? However, when you rent a car, you can take advantage of more space and better gas mileage while also saving your own car the wear, tear, and added miles. Additionally, if there is any chance your car isn’t up to a long journey, renting a car will guarantee you a reliable vehicle.

The key to a successful holiday road trip is in the planning, so don’t wait to book your rental car. If you need a rental car in the Edison, NJ, area, contact Hogan’s Automotive today at (732) 516-9100 to make a reservation, or book online anytime.