Jumping in the car with the family and heading over to grandmother’s house is a big tradition for many U.S. families this time of the year. But it is winter, and in many parts of the country the driving conditions can be rather dangerous. To keep you and your family safe while on the road, we have complied a list of tips and things to keep in mind as you head out.
First, before you head out in excitement, please have you vehicle checked by a technician to make sure everything is working properly and your tires are up to par. It is also helpful to make sure that you have a spare and you know how to put it on or at least be able to call someone who can help, such as AAA. (Triple A).
If you don’t remember the last time you got a new battery, then it may be time to invest in a new one, especially if your current battery is several years old or has corrosion signs. These are easy to detect by observing the battery and its connections with a naked eye.
Get a thorough inspection of hoses in your car to detect any existing leaks. Replacing these will make a huge difference and ensure your maximum safety.
It is very important that you check the level of coolant and radiator fluid before a long drive. If the level is low, use 50% water and 50% coolant to fill it up. You can also get an affordable antifreeze tester and check your system. These are sold at gas stations as well as car repair centers and hardware stores.
The next things to check include break fluid and breaks as well as transmission oil and windshield fluid. Top off whatever fluid is low. All of these fluids can be bought at gas stations and car repair shops near you. You can also stock up on these fluids and store them in your trunk just to be sure you can replenish when necessary.
First aid kit. We hate to bring this up, but you never know. A first aid kit can make a huge difference. It is better to be safe than sorry.
Now some final thoughts: always have a map in case something goes wrong and you cannot rely on your navigation. It is always good to have the road mapped out ahead of time. Also, if you can, plan your breaks and stops. Never drive tired. Getting a good night of sleep the day before your road trip can literary save your life. And finally, make sure you have cellphone chargers and access to emergency towing or AAA as a backup plan.
If you don’t want to deal with all of this, hire a professional car service. Monarch Executive Transportation offers safe and comfortable transportation that you and your family can enjoy in maximum safety, comfort and style.
We wish you a safe road trip and a warm and joyful holiday season.