In fact it's much easier than you'd imagine

The captain of your plane will have checked all the weather maps and forecasts for the route. All areas of turbulence are shown on the map. It is unusual to make significant route changes to avoid turbulence. Changing height is usually the best course of action.

These are the only things you need to know:

It is not any harder to fly a plane in turbulence than in normal conditions.
We reduce speed very slightly … a matter of 5 or 10 miles per hour at high altitude.
At low altitude we fly at about 290 knots (335 mph) depending upon aircraft type.
We select continuous ignition for the engines …  like keeping the piezzo spark going all the time on your cooker gas rings.
We turn on the seat belt signs.
If other aircraft have reported a ‘smoother ride’ at another altitude we request a change of cruising height.
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