Published on December 12th, 2013 | by Jordan

CAA’s Top Holiday Travel Tips and Destinations

For thousands of travellers, this holiday season will be packed with scenic golf courses, outdoor adventures, sun-kissed beaches and family fun.

For the month of December, CAA South Central Ontario (CAA SCO) has received approximately 5,000 requests for TripTiks – customized maps and route planners to help drivers get where they are going safely.

Top three popular holiday driving destinations for 2013:

  1. Florida
  2. South Carolina
  3. Arizona

Make travelling by car over the holidays easier with these stress-free tips:

  • Ensure you have a clearly planned route with alternative roads
  • Check all fluids and tire pressure on your car
  • Plan in-car activities like playing cards, watching movies or listening to music to occupy kids
  • Pack an emergency roadside kit including a fully charged cell phone

“Whether you are driving or flying this holiday season, don’t forget to buy travel insurance because an unexpected trip to the emergency room or a visit to the doctor’s office can be expensive,” said Silvana Aceto, Media & PR Consultant, CAA SCO.

Before leaving on vacation, remember to also protect your home:

  • Unplug appliances like coffee makers and toasters to ensure they don’t cause a fire while you are away
  • Don’t leave keys on a hook by the door because this is the first place thieves look and your car could be stolen in addition to precious household items
  • Ensure all windows and doors are closed and securely locked
  • Suspend newspaper subscriptions and ask a friend, neighbour or relative to collect your mail
  • Make sure your home looks lived in, have your driveway plowed and ask a neighbour to park in your driveway
  • Shut off your water supply, and drain your pipes, or have a neighbour enter your home daily to ensure your furnace is working so your water pipes don’t freeze and flood your house
  • Use motion detector lights outdoors and light switch timers indoors
  • Invest in a home alarm system
  • After the holidays, dispose of empty gift packaging carefully so as not to advertise new household items
  • Don’t broadcast your travel plans on social media


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