If you’re one of the millions planning to hit the crowded highways for the Thanksgiving holiday this year, here are seven pieces of sound holiday travel advice to save you gas, save your sanity, and maybe even save your life:
1. Pack for your back
Loading up your family’s luggage the morning of the day you leave could be a pain in your back. Fluids pool in your spinal disks while you sleep, and that makes your lower back tight and sensitive to irritation when you first wake up. Pack the car the night before, and you may need fewer painkillers as you drive.
Another simple but important bit of holiday travel advice: Tilt the rearview mirror up a bit so you won’t slouch while driving. Your spine will appreciate it.