One of the many great things about the holiday season is getting to spend more time with the people who matter to you the most. If you're planning on taking some long drives in the coming weeks to see loved ones, here are six tips to help you stay safe on the road:
1. Prep Your Vehicle
You'll want to check your vehicle to ensure all your lights are working correctly. Change your wiper blades and top up washer fluid. You'll also want to check your radiator and heater hoses for any visible leaks or cracks. Check your battery and tire pressure. Finally, if you have even a small crack in your windshield, don't leave without getting it repaired. Because we offer mobile auto glass repair and replacement, you can fit this important task into even the busiest schedule. We come directly to you and can handle repairs in just 15 minutes or full replacements in only 45 minutes.
2. Pack the Right Supplies
In addition to packing for your time away, there are a few specific supplies you'll want to put in your vehicle. Those supplies are an ice scraper and flashlight near the front of your car. Flares, jumper cables, first-aid kit, warm clothes, gloves, water, and snacks will provide peace of mind in the event you get stranded along the way.
3. Give Yourself Plenty of Time
Rushed driving is never a good idea. That’s especially true when road conditions may be far from ideal. So whether it’s a short trip or long haul, schedule enough buffer time so you won’t ever feel rushed while out on the road. And if you ever feel drowsy when you’re behind the wheel, pull over and rest until you feel alert again.
4. Drive Steady
When you encounter slippery or icy conditions, don’t be afraid to take your time. Accelerating and decelerating slowly will help keep you safe on the road. This includes going up a hill, where it’s best to avoid stopping and trying to power up it too quickly. Steady inertia will do the most for you.
5. Be Careful in Parking Lots
Although the majority of your driving will take place on highways, be sure you stay alert whenever you pull in or out of a parking lot. A surprisingly high percentage of accidents occur in parking lots, especially during the busy holiday season.
6. Avoid Getting Too Low on Fuel
Winter conditions can be hard on vehicles. Given that your car may have to work extra hard during this time of the year, you don’t want to push things like letting the fuel get too low. Making it a priority to fill up whenever you dip below half full will also prevent you from getting stranded because you didn’t realize you were too far from the next available gas station.
By following those six tips, you'll be able to stay safe on the road and enjoy all of your holiday traveling to the fullest!
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