The American Automobile Association (AAA) projected that nearly 49 million Americans would travel during the 2016 Thanksgiving holiday weekend. We can expect similar numbers of Americans traveling for this Thanksgiving holiday, November 23 – 26.
While some will travel by air, roughly 89% or 43 million Americans are expected to travel by car.
While there is some disagreement among sources as to which is the busier travel day, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving or Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, all sources indicate that U.S. highways will be full of travelers during the Thanksgiving holiday, one of the busiest travel weeks of the year.
Before heading out on any road trip, it’s always a good idea to inspect tire pressure, tire tread, and windshield wipers. For those traveling to areas with potential winter weather, AAA recommends that drivers bring an emergency kit containing a flashlight, shovel, ice scraper, jumper cables, and extra blankets or extra clothing.
Cargo boxes, baskets, tops, and bags can all be helpful as a transport system for skis, paddles, clothing and other gear on road trips. Novice and experienced road trippers appreciate these easy-to-use storage systems that provide bonus storage space outside of the cabin. Most are installed on top of the vehicle using the top rack, although some systems such as the car back carrier hang down from the luggage racks and hug the back of the vehicle.
These vehicle cargo tops, baskets, boxes and bags help solve the quandary of how to fit everything in the car; but the downside of cargo carriers – the extra wind resistance, noise, and height restrictions should be carefully considered before using. Consequently, you’ll need to determine which type of system will be the best fit for your vehicle. Ready to figure out which cargo system is best for you? Click here for the Top 10 Safety Tips that You Need to Know Regarding Cargo and Car Top Carrier Safety.
Road Trip Safety Refresher
In addition to those important safety tips for vehicles using cargo baskets, boxes, tops or bags, here’s a quick refresher on general road trip safety tips:
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