2017-11-15 / Front Page

Travel Tips For Happy Thanksgiving Getaways

By Liz Goff
Travel experts at the American Automobile Association (AAA) predict an estimated 100 million Americans will take to the road, rails or skies in their annual visit with family and friends this Thanksgiving holiday.

Holiday travel can provide a number of memorable moments – or a series of seasonal setbacks for travelers. Experts recommend that you follow these tips to help avoid some of the pitfalls involved in holiday travel:

  • Don’t announce your travel plans to anyone but close friends, family, your postman and the circulation supervisor at your local newspaper. If your plans don’t call for a long absence from home, you might want to ask a close friend to pick up your newspaper and your mail, rather than announcing your trip to strangers.
  • Make sure payment of your cell phone or iPhone plan is up to date. Check with your provider to make sure your phone will work in another part of the U.S. or in another country. No one wants to be stranded in a strange place without a way to communicate with family members or emergency responders.
  • Make sure your car insurance is paid to date and check with your insurance agent to determine if you need additional insurance for interstate travel. You don’t want to learn that your coverage does not extend to another state after you are stranded on a distant highway.
  • Pack smart and simple. Prepare your luggage for inspection by airport security personnel and to meet weight and bulk requirements posted by your airline. Don’t carry gifts on board with you – ship them ahead of time so they will arrive at your destination when you do.
  • Check weather forecasts for your destination and make sure you get all necessary immunizations for overseas travel. Make sure you have health insurance cards with you and get a number from your health insurance carrier for an agent in the city or town of your destination

Last but definitely not least, brace yourself for increased delays you are sure to face as you take to the road, or the skies ties Thanksgiving holiday. Federal and local law enforcement officials are beefing up security at airports, on trains anted buses, bridges, tunnels and highways leading in and out of the Big Apple, due to the recent terrorist attack in Manhattan.

The increased security includes armored cops and federal agents with long guns stationed at strategic locations throughout the five boroughs and at locations in and out of the city.

If you are staying close to home and plan to take in the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, expect much heightened security and an increased NYPD presence along the parade route, increased helicopter surveillance, a greater presence by the NYPD Canine Unit; officers with bomb-sniffing dogs. Security will also be heightened throughout the city subway system, on highways and along bus routes.

NYPD officials said the extra security measures would be in place throughout the holiday weekend, despite the fact that no specific threats have been made targeting the3 icity.

Meanwhile, AAA officials suggest that you have your vehicle checked by a mechanic before you hit the road to make sure your oil, transmission fluid and antifreeze are at required levels, your brakes are in working order, your windshield wipers are working properly and your tires are fit and properly inflated.

Experts advise that you check infant and child car seat and adult seat belt requirements for your travel route through other cities and your city of destination.

“By taking a few moments to prepare for emergencies and plan out your trip, you can ease stress and spend your time enjoying family gatherings or overseas travel,” AAA officials said.





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