If you and your family are hitting the roads for the holidays, know that you will be one of many. In a perfect world, holiday road trips are full of spirit and fun. While few families use this opportunity to jam out to Christmas carols, many sit in stress or frustration. To prevent a disaster on the road, we’d like to share these tips to ensure your road trip is safe and as stress-free as possible:
- Stay buckled up - Safety always comes first. That said, make sure everyone in the car is buckled in.
- Store valuables - For longer trips that span for several hours, stops for gas, restrooms, and even meals are inevitable. When you make stops, ensure valuables (including christmas gifts) are stored out of sight.
- Prepare for icy conditions - Depending on where you’re traveling, you might hit some icy or snowy conditions. Make sure you take it slow while on the road. Additionally, make sure your vehicle is equipped to handle such conditions. Some areas to check include tire treads/pressure, windshield wipers, defrosters, headlights, brakes, etc.
- Avoid distractions - Please remember to focus all your attention on the road and your car’s surroundings. That means keeping your hands off your phone, the temperature controls, and the radio/audio controls. If you need help, ask a passenger for assistance.
- Make sure everyone is charged - Yes, we are talking about your electronics AND your body. Whether you’re driving with little ones or teenagers, keeping them plugged in can keep them more patient. Plus, you should bring water and snacks to save meal stops.
- Map out your route - Technology for drivers has immensely evolved. GPS apps can help you find the best routes. It is also great to let you know of traffic conditions and obstacles.
- Pre-trip safety inspection/maintenance - Proper maintenance is key to keeping you and your family safe on the roads during the holidays. Before you head out, feel free to swing by Community Auto for a safety assessment. Our professional techs can check your fluids, battery, tires, brakes, lights, wipers, and heater.
If you require maintenance or repairs before your holiday travels, please visit Community Auto soon. Feel free to schedule an appointment by giving us a call or filling out our online form today.