Your Valley Honda Dealers want to help make your Thanksgiving holiday travel more pleasurable and less stressful this holiday travel season. Here are 10 things you can do to reduce stress when you hit the road in your Honda for the holidays.

  1. Get Your Honda Ready For The Road

Make sure that your Honda is ready for that Thanksgiving journey. Some of the things you should check include your tires, brakes, fluids, oil level, belts and hoses, coolant, windshield wipers, and battery. We encourage you to take your Honda to any of our conveniently located Phoenix Honda dealers and let our service pros inspect your vehicle for you.


  1. Plan Your Route Ahead Of Time

Know before you go. If you own a Honda equipped with our advanced 8-inch Multi-Information Display with HondaLink®, you can pre-program your route and let turn-by-turn navigation guide you to your destination. Hondas equipped with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ like the stunningly stylish and ultra modern 2017 Honda Accord for sale in Phoenix at your Valley Honda Dealers, allow you to access many of the functions of your compatible smartphone devices, including maps, Google search, music playlists, and more.

  1. Get Plenty Of Rest

According to, driving while sleepy or drowsy is a killer. In fact, according to a 2005 poll by the National Sleep Foundation, 60% of adults admit to having driven a car while feeling drowsy. Don’t be one of them! November 6-13 is “Drowsy Driving Prevention Week.” Things that you can do to prevent falling asleep at the wheel include scheduling breaks every 100 miles or 2 hours, drink caffeinated beverages, switch drivers, avoid alcohol, and pull over to take a nap.

If you own one of our new 2017 Hondas for sale near Phoenix equipped with Honda Sensing™, Honda’s highly advanced suite of active safety technologies The system will alert you if you are drifting out of your intended lane, keep you a safe distance from the car ahead of you, detect if you are unintentionally leaving the roadway, and help your Honda stop if a frontal collision can’t be avoided. Plus a rear backup camera with guidelines, a standard feature on all new Hondas, will help you avoid obstacles as you back up.

  1. Take Off Work Early

If you happen to work for a company that gives you an “early out,” the day before Thanksgiving, take advantage of that extra time to go home, relax, and prepare for your trip. Be aware that the Wednesday and Monday before and after Thanksgiving are the busiest travel days of the year. So it may be worth it to use a couple of extra vacation days before Thanksgiving and after the Thanksgiving weekend to avoid traffic.

  1. Pack An Emergency Kit

Put together an emergency first-aid kit consisting of bandages, extra-strength aspirin, cold compresses, gloves, scissors, gauze pads, antiseptic, motion-sickness medication, alcohol wipes, and first aid tape. You should also carry a blanket, extra water, triangular emergency reflectors, battery cables, a flashlight, hose repair tape, pliers, screwdrivers, tire sealant, bungee cords, gloves, and reflective safety vest.

You can purchase these items separately or in pre-packed kits that are ready for the road.

Traveling With Children

Those “little bundles of joy” can turn into big headaches for mom and dad when traveling. Here are some tips for traveling with little ones that will help you make your Thanksgiving holiday road trip survivable and even pleasant.


  1. Pack A Change Of Clothes

If your holiday road trip is going to be a long one, pack a separate small bag for each child that contains an extra set of clothes, toiletries, PJs, diapers, and other items.

  1. Bring Along Comfort Items

Take a favorite blanket, snuggly slippers, stuffed animal, or pillow that they are familiar with to help soothe and calm them during the journey.

  1. Prepare For Messes

Arm yourself for those inevitable spills with plenty of paper towels, moist wipes, and a garbage bag for all the yucky stuff. If you happen to own a new 2016 Honda Odyssey Minivan, then you’ll really appreciate the Odyssey’s exclusive, built-in HondaVac®. This handy tool features a long hose and plenty of suction to vacuum up all those crumbs and wrappers your kids are sure to generate.

The 2016 Honda Odyssey for sale near Phoenix is the perfect family vehicle that will take you on many happy holiday journeys for years to come. The Odyssey features spacious seating for up to 8 people, a cavernous 148.5 cubic feet of cargo space, plenty of cubbies and storage areas for everyone’s stuff, and a powerful, yet fuel-efficient, 248 horsepower V6 engine that gets up to an EPA-estimated* 28 mpg on the highway.

  1. Bring Healthy Snacks

Moms and dads know that kids are non-stop eating machines. Stave off the hunger between stops with healthy snacks, such as fruit, grapes, nuts, health bars, and juice. Try to avoid sugary snacks and candy that will make your kids overly excited and fidgety.

  1. Properly Install Car Seats

Take special care to install car seats correctly. Visit for handy tips on how to buy and install car seats. If your kids are older and can use seatbelts, always make sure that they are securely fastened.

  1. Keep Them Entertained

Bring along lots of books, games, toys, tablets, and DVDs to keep your kids occupied. The all-new 2016 Honda Pilot features an available Rear Entertainment System with Blu-Ray Disc™ capability that is sure to keep your young passengers entertained.

Plus, the Pilot offers up to 82 cubic feet of interior volume and unmatched versatility with 60/40 fold-flat 2nd and 3rd-row seats that provide lots of head and legroom. Available One-Touch 2nd-Row Seats automatically move forward with just the touch of a button. And you’ll find that the Pilot will swiftly deliver you to your holiday destination in comfort and luxury. The Pilot’s updated 3.5-liter V6 is more powerful and fuel efficient, achieving up to an EPA-estimated* 27 mpg on the highway.

  1. Make Frequent Stops

Sure, this will increase your travel time, but everyone will appreciate the opportunity get out and stretch their legs from long stints behind the wheel. Budget extra time to arrive for feeding, changing diapers, and bathroom breaks.

Happy Honda Days

Now is the time to get some of the best savings on new Hondas for sale near Phoenix at your Valley Honda Dealers as we move out our remaining 2016 inventory to make room for new 2017 models. Stop by today and let us put you and your family in a new Honda, just in time for the holidays. Click here to find a conveniently located Valley Honda Dealer near you.