Travelling home for the holidays isn’t always a breeze, especially with cooler temperatures and busy traffic abounding. To ease the stress of the season, keep these holiday driving tips in mind, from maintenance advice to emergency preparedness. You can also improve driving habits to help you travel safely this time of year.
According to AAA, one of the most important things to remember is that your vehicle should be properly maintained during winter. Change the oil, check the tire pressure, and top off any fluids if necessary. While there’s less of a chance that we’ll see snow and ice in Texas than in other parts of the country, it’s still important to prepare for the worst by making sure the tires aren’t worn.
Stick to the speed limit to ensure you get better fuel economy and take precautions to avoid bumping into other cars. It’s smart to leave before busy times of the day. Consider leaving an hour earlier than you normally would to avoid heavy traffic, and avoid driving on December 24 and December 31 altogether if possible.
Pack a roadside emergency kit to keep in your car. Stock it with water, a spare gas can, and a first aid kit. AAA suggests that you sign up for an emergency roadside service in case you lock your keys in the car, get a flat, or need towing.
If you need help getting your car ready for this time of year, contact Hiley Mazda of Fort Worth.