The holidays will be here in a few days. People drive for the holidays than they do for regular vacations. Many people travel to see family around the holidays but people also love to go out and see all of the holiday decorations and lighted houses. Use these driving tips, thanks to Springfield Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram to keep your family safe during the holidays.
Have your car checked before hitting the road: This might be the most important tip. One of the quickest way to mess up a vacation or family get together is having car trouble. If you know how to look over and check your car out, feel free to do it yourself, but otherwise, have a mechanic look it over. Pay attention to tires, brakes and hoses.
Plan ahead for delays and route changes: It is going to happen. You will run into traffic or have to change your route because of an accident or road construction. Be sure to leave extra time so that you are not feeling pressed for time. Make sure the GPS is charged and have a map as a backup.
Have a Winter Safety Kit in the car: In your winter safety kit, make sure you have a charged cell phone and charger, an ice scraper, road flares, matches and even emergency candles. You should have blankets and a flash light. In case of issues with the car, have a tow rope and jumper cables as well as sand or non-clumping kitty litter to aid with traction in case the car gets stuck on ice. Even cardboard can help get traction against the ice.
Stop often: Winter driving is the hardest driving of all. There are so many things to be alert for. Make frequent stops to get out of the car to stretch your legs. It will help you regain your focus and keep you alert.
Eat and Drink: Grabbing a bite to eat and drinking enough water can help you stay energized and focused. Don’t let your blood sugar drop.