Travel Tips for a Stress-Free Thanksgiving Weekend


According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, over 43 million Americans will travel during the Thanksgiving weekend, with an average distance of 214 miles from home. The two most common safety issues that can arise during Thanksgiving weekend are motor vehicle accidents and cooking fire incidents. With many years of experience in providing travel emergency assistance during peak travel periods such as Thanksgiving, Global Travel Plus shares tips for a worry-free Thanksgiving holiday weekend.



With more than 89 percent of travelers making their trip by car, Thanksgiving weekend is one of the weekends with the highest numbers of car accidents during the year. Here are some driving tips to help make sure you have a safe trip:

  • If driving over a long distance, prepare your itinerary before you leave and plan for frequent stops along the way (every 2 hours) and to rotate drivers.
  • Leave enough space between the vehicle in front of you.
  • Plan to drive outside of peak hours. Wednesday and Sunday usually witness the most travelers on the roads, especially from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Wednesday and 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Sunday. You can save a lot of time by adjusting your departure time to the mornings or choose to drive on Thursday morning.




Nearly four times as many home cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving than the average American day, with most fires being due to unattended meals. Believe it or not, but we receive more calls regarding burn incidents during Thanksgiving than the rest of the year. Avoid any unfortunate incident while whipping up your Thanksgiving dinner by taking these simple steps:

  • Cooks should avoid wearing loose clothing or dangling sleeves while preparing the holiday meal.
  • Never leave an active stove or oven unattended.
  • Use a timer as a reminder that the stove or oven is on.
  • Keep anything that can catch fire (pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, cooking books etc.) away from the stove and oven.
  • Equip your kitchen with a fire extinguisher and make sure your fire alarms work properly.
  • Check the kitchen before going to bed or leaving the home to make sure all appliances are turned off.


Prior to your Thanksgiving travels, make sure to download the Global Travel Plus Mobile App for Android and iPhone. If you experience a medical or non-medical emergency while traveling beyond 100 miles from home or in another country, contact our 24/7 Operations Center using the App or call 855-289-2618 (inside the US) or +1-609-986-1212 (international) for travel assistance.

For more information regarding Global Travel Plus' travel emergency assistance services, visit or click here to enroll today. 


Posted: 11/10/2017 10:30:10 AM