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Staying Safe on the Road During the Holidays

Many of you will be traveling during the holidays to see family, visit friends and possibly take a much-needed overdue getaway.  One concern with holiday travel is that it’s during late fall and winter months, which means that the weather can be unpredictable and challenging road conditions.  Below are 10 tips to help you prepare your car and also you and your family.  Above all, your safety and the safety of your family is most important.

  1. Make sure your tires are inspected by a professional. Tires are the most important item on your car with regard to snow, heavy rain, and ice. You should seriously consider purchasing snow tires if you are planning Winter road trips.
  2. Stay tuned to the weather forecast at least 6 days prior to your trip and don’t take chances. Stay home if there is a possibility of a major storm.
  3. Maintain your speed, especially during rain or snow. In fact, slow down. Speed is the major cause of accidents in bad weather. Please do not attempt to drive in an ice storm.
  4. Make sure your car is properly maintained and inspected by a professional BEFORE your road trip. Tell your Automotive Service facility that you plan on taking a road trip. They will know how to inspect and prepare your vehicle.
  5. Carry the essentials: Make sure you have your cell phone and charger, a list of emergency contacts, water bottles, snacks, a heavy blanket, a small shovel, snow broom, ice scraper, extra pair of gloves, hat, emergency flairs, and kitty litter (this can be used as traction in snow and ice).
  6. Keep your fuel tank full at all times and add a fuel conditioner at the start of the winter season. Ask your service professional, they will know the right fuel conditioner for your car.
  7. Replace your wiper blades if they are more than six months old and carry an extra bottle of windshield washer fluid.
  8. Don’t use your cruise control on wet roads!
  9. Keep you distance between you and the car in front of you. If someone is tailgating, move to another lane and let them pass. It’s not worth a confrontation with someone on the road.
  10. Even though most cars and cell phones have navigation systems, it’s recommended that you still carry an old fashion map with you. You can go online and print out your route. Also, let friends and family know the route you are taking, the time you are leaving and the expected time of arriving to your destination.

I want to wish everyone a Happy Holiday Season and hope that these tips will help keep you safe during your holiday travel plans.

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