Road TripWith Christmas plans well underway many of us will be taking road trips to visit friends and family. If you’re like me you plan ahead for the road trips your family takes. I do my best to plan the shortest route, pit stops and games to keep the children occupied before the boredom drives us all crazy.

Here in South Central Ontario taking road trips in December often means driving in poor weather conditions which is a whole other aspect of planning. We pack extra warm clothing, blankets, food, vehicle emergency kit, make sure the vehicle has had it’s maintenance and make sure our CAA memberships are up to date.

It may sound like we over plan but when you’re stuck on the side of the road during a winter storm things become frightening very quickly.

CAA has helped us plan our road trips in many ways over the years, they offer services which many people Road Trip CAAdon’t even realize they have:

  • TripTik –  route planners to help you take the scenic route or get there quickly.
  • CAA Tourbooks – online TourBooksprinted TourBookseBook TourBooks all help plan the route including any stops along the way. The TourBooks outline the best hotels, restaurants, destinations, attractions and events throughout Canada and the United States.
  • Roadside Service – when we call, CAA will arrive on scene and make every effort to get our vehicle into drivable condition. If that cannot be done, they will tow our vehicle for us. Services include:
    • Battery Service
    • Vehicle Lock-out Service
    • Emergency Gas Delivery Service
    • Tire Service
    • Extrication/Winching Service
    • Roadside Mechanical Service

With some planning our road trips have been safe and filled with memories. It may seem that all of this planning is overkill but with CAA we know we’ll always be safe when our family is on the road and this is invaluable to us.

If you’re planning a Christmas road trip head over to the CAA website and see what they offer or connect with them on Facebook or Twitter.

I am participating in the CAA program by ShesConnected. I received compensation in exchange for my participation in this campaign. The opinions on this blog are my own