Thanksgiving may look a little bit different this year. With COVID-19 cases at an all-time high, the holidays will seem different. During th
e holiday season consider alternative ways to celebrate. The CDC suggests that small family gatherings are an important contributor to the rise in COVID-19 cases. Traveling by air, train, or even by car during the holidays can increase your chances of getting and spreading COVID-19.1 If your family still plans on traveling, here are a few things to consider when traveling during the holiday season by car:
Limit the amount of stops
- Avoid making frequent stops to get gas, food, or to use the restroom.
- Consider bringing your own food to avoid additional exposure.
Check Travel Restrictions
- Being flexible during your travel will be important as travel restrictions and stay at home orders may change as you are traveling.
- Be sure to check the local and state government travel restrictions in the location where you will be traveling to.
Limit high traffic areas
- Be sure to stay at least 6 feet from anyone who is not is your household.
- Consider using a disposable glove or a disinfecting wipe on handles at gas pumps.
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after using the bathroom and after you have been in a public place.1
- If possible, consider bringing your own food.
Be Sure Your Car is Road Ready
- Consider having your car serviced or inspected before hitting the road.
- Pay for gas with cards to avoid the additional face to face interaction.
Now more than ever, preparation is key. Be sure to check this link for a directory of state transportation department websites regarding the latest information on COVID-19 travel changes. For more information on teen driving, visit our website here.