Every year it is estimated that over 90 million people across the country will take a road trip during the holiday season. The team at United Auto Care values the safety of our customers above anything else. Before you hit the road for the holidays check out these holiday driving tips.
Get Your Car Checked Out
How long has it been since your last oil change? Before you leave you need to make sure that your vehicle is ready for travel. Come by the shop for an oil change, tune-up, and inspection. We will give your car a thorough evaluation so you can have peace of mind.
Map out your route ahead of time and check weather and travel forecasts. We also recommend that you stock the car with emergency items like flashlights, jumper cables, and an ice scraper if you are traveling to an area with winter weather. Plan your travel times with extra wiggle room to allow for holiday traffic and keep you from speeding. Don’t forget to make a holiday playlist to keep you calm when you are stuck in traffic.
Practice Safe Driving Habits
Put your phone down, obey the speed limit, and leave room between you and other cars. If you are traveling with children pack them each a bag of activities and snacks to keep them from distracting you. The last thing you want during the holiday season is to end up in a car accident or with a pricey traffic ticket.
Hide Your Valuables
Gift-wrapped packages and valuables left in plain view while you run into the store are like an advertisement for thieves. Before you run in to grab that last-minute gift or a bite to eat, make sure your belongings are secure and concealed. The trunk is always a great place to hide them.
Don’t Drink and Drive
This should go without saying, but the number of alcohol-related accidents and DUIs spikes at this time of year. If you want to indulge in a holiday cocktail or glass of wine, don’t get behind the wheel. With the number of ride-sharing apps available like Uber and Lyft, there is no excuse to drive under the influence.
We hope that you have a joyful holiday season. Before you travel remember to call United Auto Care to schedule a service appointment and safety inspection.