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Family Thanksgiving traditions & holiday road trip safety tips

It’s that time of year when Thanksgiving traditions are starting to form. Once the holiday season starts, there’s no doubt that your plans are going to be full of road trips, traditions, and a ton of family fun.

Our tastiest tradition? Gobbling up all the delicious holiday foods. The more gravy, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie we can get, the better. Seriously, Thanksgiving only happens one time a year so eating everything in sight is really a tradition!

In addition to putting on our stretchy pants, we also have the tradition of putting up our Christmas tree. Some people might say it’s too early to do so, but in our home, it signifies what we’re thankful for and also is a constant reminder to enjoy the spirit of the holidays. We also love to take family pictures around the Christmas tree for our holiday card, which has also turned into a yearly tradition during Thanksgiving. One of the other biggest traditions that we have during Thanksgiving is taking road trips to visit family and friends; we love loading up the car and planning for hours of conversation and family-bonding time.

This is a family tradition that we seem to share with millions of other families all over the world as well. So we always expect that there will be a ton of traffic on the road during these last few months of the year.

Knowing this, we make certain that we are road trip prepared. I love that our family can count on Life360 to be right there with us every time we pull out of the driveway.

If one of your holiday traditions is traveling during the holidays, here are a few safety tips for your holiday road trip to help ease any stress or worries that you might have. 

Roadside assistance is just a tap away.

While you can do everything in your power to plan and prepare your car for a road trip, you really don’t have any idea if you may unexpectedly run into car trouble. This is where Life360 can give you peace of mind.

If you happen to break down during your Thanksgiving travels, you can get help instantly with Life360’s Roadside Assistance.

Kids can explore with their cousins without you worrying about where they are.

When you’re visiting an area that you might not be as familiar with, you can set geo-fence boundaries through your Life360 app. That way, if your child wants to explore a bit with their cousins and the group decides to wander outside of the  location you’ve agreed to, you’ll get a notification immediately.

Let’s be honest – even though Thanksgiving traditions are awesome, sometimes we all need a bit of a break from it all. Having Life360  installed and ready on your phone can let each member of your family explore solo without the worry that they might wander off and get lost. If you need to get to them in a hurry, you can just tap their avatar and get directions right to them!

Create a Holiday Family Circle.

Maybe your holiday tradition is that you host a Thanksgiving dinner. If that’s the case, you can create your very own holiday family Circle with Life360 that allows you to know when family members are getting close to arriving. That way you know for certain when it’s time to start setting the table so you’re prepared for all of your guests!

Having a holiday circle also allows you to make sure that your family and friends are safe and not having any type of car trouble along the way. It’s an easy way to check in and make sure everyone arrives safely to your house without having to call or text for updated ETAs.

Plus, once you create a holiday circle you can use it for so many things! Sharing funny pictures of who ate too much or is the first to take a nap, pictures of Uncle Bob carving the turkey, or what about the family tag football game photos that are happening out in the backyard? All those memories can be shared privately with anyone in your holiday family Circle!

Be Thankful.

This holiday season, take the time to be thankful for all the wonderful things that you have in your life. I know that I’m thankful for all my family and friends and the chance to be a part of their lives every single day.

Winona R. is the author of Life Family & Fun, a national blog focusing on parenting teens, Food, Home & DIY, Lifestyle and Family Travel. She has been ranked Top 10 Atlanta Parenting Blogs. She loves to inspire families to travel more, enjoy more mealtimes together, have fun, and enjoy life fully. Winona and her husband have four children and four grandchildren.

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