The holiday season is a wonderful time of the year but it can also be incredibly stressful. Many people don’t travel throughout the year save for the holidays and that can cause some problems. Travelers that aren’t used to congested roadways or crowded airports can slow things down. Here are some helpful holiday travel tips from us here at Nissan of Lake Charles that will help make starting the most wonderful time of the year less stressful.
Pack Light – Heading home for the holidays? Consider shipping your extra clothes and presents through the mail instead of packing them. Doing so will ensure you get through security quicker and leave drivers will less to pack into the car. Flyers could also avoid hefty baggage fees by bringing a single carry-on.
Eat – No matter how much of a hurry you’re in, grab a bite to eat along the way. Many travelers choose to forego eating until they reach their destination in order to save time. As a result, they often grow irritable, and that isn’t good when stress levels are already running high.
Research – Do your research on which airlines offers the best deals. Drivers should plan their route ahead of time. Make sure to use the technology made available by smartphones, tablets, and navigation systems as well!
Does your family have a tradition of decorating a real Christmas tree just before Dec. 25th? Or maybe it’s a new tradition starting this year. Either way, we at Nissan of Lake Charles have a few tips on safely bringing the perfect tree home.
Tip #1: Use gloves. Gloves will enable you to get a firm grip on the tree as you transport it from the lot to the roof of your vehicle and into the house. Your hands will be grateful for the protection from the tree’s needles and sap, not to mention the saw if you are in charge of cutting down the tree.
Tip #2: Place plastic or a heavy duty tarp over the roof of your vehicle. This will protect its paint and finish. Be careful the covering does not extend over your windows.
Tip #3: Get some help. Ask someone to help you lift the tree onto the car, trunk facing forward. Completing this task single-handedly may be an impressive feat, but the whole process will be much safer and will go much more smoothly if you have a partner or two.
Tip #4: Open your car doors. In your excitement to successfully secure your tree to the vehicle, don’t forget to open the car doors before you tie it down. It would be a pity to be forced to untie all that hard work in order for everyone to climb into the car and go home.
Keep these tips in mind as you and the family find that perfect Christmas tree and safely carry it home. Happy trimming and Merry Christmas from all of us at Nissan of Lake Charles!
John Stelly is the owner of Nissan of Lake Charles and is active in the community with several not for profit organizations.