5 Tips for Your 2021 Holiday Road Trips

by | Nov 16, 2021 | Auto

If you are planning to pack up and hit the road for the holidays this Fall and Winter, TSL Insurance Group has you covered with personal car insurance-care policies that offer compulsory and optional coverages that include liability, comprehensive, collision, uninsured motorist, towing, rental reimbursement, and more.

5 Road Trip Tips for the Holidays

Before you put yourself, your loved ones, and your vehicle on the road for holiday travels and visits, follow this list of tips to help in ensuring you are ready to roll. There are tons of helpful information for holiday travels out there, so we have chosen our top five tips for road-tripping this Fall and Winter.

Car Insurance Coverage

To properly protect yourself from the always present danger of huge awards for auto liability, it is imperative that you maintain the proper level of coverage for your particular situation.

If you have any doubts about the appropriate level of automobile coverage that’s right for you, Thomas, Smith, & Leach have excellent plans available through reputable auto insurers, and we will be happy to help pinpoint the coverage best suited to your needs.


Ensure your vehicle is ready to roll mechanically before leaving from the outside in. Begin on the exterior with ensuring your tires are free of tears or punctures to confirm the proper PSI is maintained and the tread is intact. Making sure that your brakes are operating properly is another checkpoint to have inspected during your mechanical tune-up.

Your vehicle’s battery should also be inspected for corrosion, battery case swelling, and leaks. All fluid levels should also be checked, i.e., brake fluid, coolant, power steering fluid, radiator coolant, transmission fluid, and windshield washer fluid. Fully functioning head and tail lights are legally required, as well as working windshield wipers are must-haves.

A full inspection of your AC system is something else you will want to have done to ensure there are not any clogged filters, blown fuses, bad clutch, or leaks. A trusted mechanic can guide you in the right direction for all of these checkpoints.

Gas Up

With the cost of fuel increasing and holiday traffic building up, filling your gas tank fully before leaving is the way to go. Using gas price apps like GasBuddy, Gas Guru, Waze, and MapQuest will also allow you to price out the best stops along the way during your holiday road trip(s).

Stock Up

Is it even a road trip without snacks? Avoid having to make multiple stops by Waze, stocking up on your favorite snacks for your trip ahead of time.


Create a plan of action for your trip. What time do you need to leave to arrive at the time you are expected? Using apps like Waze and Google Maps will help you stick to this plan as traffic is calculated into your ETA. Also, be sure to let someone know you are traveling and your ETA as a safety precaution.

Having your checklist prepared for your trip beforehand and pre-scheduling your vehicle tune-up will make getting each item completed a little bit easier on you.


If you are an Acadiana vehicle owner or looking to be, Thomson, Smith & Leach Insurance Group is your go-to for that car insurance quote inquiry you have been preparing for. With three convenient locations in Lafayette, Abbeville, and Franklin accessing homeowners’ insurance from a family-owned business that has been in operation for over fifty years, you will feel right at home with our car insurance coverage policy options. Schedule your free consultation with Thomas, Smith & Leach today with a few simple steps online, or with a quick phone call.