It’s that time of year when many of us will be hitting the roads to visit family and friends for the holiday season. The holidays are meant to be a time of celebration, so don’t let yourself get stressed about car problems while you’re on the way to visit Grandma!
Below are several holiday travel preparation tips that can ensure smooth sailing during your holiday road trip.
- Mentally prepare. First and foremost, you have to accept the fact that during holiday travel, you will most likely encounter more traffic, delays and possibly rough winter weather. If you accept this ahead of time, you can plan to leave early enough to account for delays, preventing possible frustration on the road.
- Map it out. Most of us use a GPS of some sort to get us to our destination. However, they are not always accurate nor do they always send you on the best route. Double check ahead of time that the directions are correct and check for delays through the areas in which you’ll be traveling.
- Check your lights. Are all of your lights working properly? This includes brake lights and blinkers. You don’t want to get stuck on the road and realize you have a blown bulb.
- Test tire pressure. Always keep a tire gauge on hand so that you can check the pressure any time you suspect it may be low. Before you head out on your journey, make sure your tires are at the accurate pressure. Under-inflated tires can cause issues with braking and handling. (Read our Tips to Extend the Life of Your Tires.)
- Install winter tires. If you are headed for an area experiencing a wintry mix, consider purchasing winter tires for maximum safety.
- Check the battery. Ensure that your car’s battery is working properly, free of corrosion and has a full charge.
- Pack an emergency bag. Even if you think you’ve planned everything ahead, there’s always the possibility of an emergency. Consider packing the following in case of an emergency: plenty of water, an extra blanket, an ice scraper, jumper cables, a first aid kit, a flashlight, a portable radio, matches and emergency candles.
When it comes to holiday travel, remember that safety is the number one priority. Make an appointment at Callaway Chrysler’s Fulton auto service center and let us get your vehicle in tip-top holiday travel shape!