Road Trip Safety 101: Tips for a Safe Holiday Road Trip
It’s that time of year again; the holidays are here! Many of us are gearing up to drive home for Christmas to spend time with loved ones and friends. The increase in traffic can create some less than merry experiences on the road. Surviving the stress of driving on the busy roadways involves more than just patience. It helps to have a holiday road trip plan. Prado Auto Sales has some holiday road trip tips to help put your plan in place. By following these road trip vehicle safety tips, you can have a safe and stress free holiday journey this year.
Keep Car Maintenance Up-to-Date
Make sure to keep your vehicle up-to-date on oil changes and other preventative maintenance. This is especially important before long distance travel. Get the oil changed and tires inspected before you leave.
Map Your Route in Advance
You may have made to the drive to Mom’s house a dozen times. With extra travelers on the road, it’s best to be prepared. Have an alternative route planned out just in case you run into any issues on your usual route.
This tip may seem obvious when it comes to holiday road trip tips. These days we are used to hiding our valuables and locking our cars. But when making a quick stop at a gas station or rest stop it can be easy to forget. Make sure items such as your wallet, GPS, and gifts are covered or put away in the trunk.
Don’t let the excitement of the holidays affect your driving speed. It is important to take your time and avoid driving over the speed limit. Getting to your destination in one piece is what matters most.
You Lose if You Cruise
Cruise control is a tempting feature to use when driving a long distance. However, when driving in rain or snow, it can delay your reaction time. Avoid using this feature, so you stay focused on driving.
Nobody ever wants to break down or get a flat tire. Should an incident occur far from home, you will be glad you have roadside assistance or wish you did. Make sure you keep the contact information for your roadside assistance with you at all times. If you don't have roadside assistance, you may want to consider getting it for a low monthly fee.
Keep Emergency Supplies
No matter how many holiday road trip safety tips you follow, sometimes things just don’t go as planned. It is important to always keep emergency items in your car at all times. Items you should always have are a cell phone charger, first-aid kit, blankets, flares, and tools to change a tire.
We hope our holiday road trip tips will help make your travels smooth and easy. With a little preparation, it will be. Remember before you leave for your journey, make your holiday road trip checklist and check it twice!
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From all of us at Prado Auto Sales we wish you a wonderful and safe holiday season!
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