Are you looking for ways to have a safer, more enjoyable holiday travel experience?
Before you head out on the road this holiday season, we want to help you be ready for any car problems that might come your way. Below are seven holiday driving tips to help get you to your destination safely, so you can spend more quality time with “spirited” Uncle Ted!
Before You Leave:
- Check Your Oil, Tires, Brakes, and Blades – Nothing could be worse than being stranded because you forgot to do a routine check-up. Make sure to top off any fluids and check your oil. Take a look at your tires and check for low tread. Get your brakes checked. And, buy some new wiper blades, too.
- Put Some Pressure In, Not On, Your Tires – Did you know you could actually save gas by having the right amount of air pressure in your tires? Check the pressure in your tires with a tire pressure gauge and fill them back up to the PSI (pounds per square inch) noted on your tires or on the driver’s side door. A well inflated tire will boost your fuel economy and keep you from suffering a tire blow-out.
- Plan Alternative Routes – Take some time before you leave to plan your trip with alternative routes so you’ll be able to adjust quickly if traffic, construction, or even a herd of stubborn cows gets in your way.
- Be Ready to Be Stranded – Although you don’t want to be stuck somewhere, it pays to be ready when you are. Stock your vehicle with a cell phone, blankets, flashlights, batteries, food, and water just in case you have trouble.
While on the Road:
- Be on the Defensive – You can only protect and control your own vehicle, so stay alert and ready for anything that another driver may accidently send your way.
- Don’t Make Others Defensive – Let's face it, we all make driving mistakes. Don’t let yourself be distracted by anything in or out of your car. Stay focused and remember that you’re sharing the road with other drivers.
- Obey the Law! – Grandma and her delicious fruitcake can wait for you to arrive safely. Take your time and obey the speed limits. No one is ever thankful for a speeding ticket.
Use these simple winter driving tips to help you be on your way to having a more joyful, festive time with friends and family this holiday season.
Best Holiday Wishes,
The CarLocate Team
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