Continuing on from Part 1 of our holiday safety blog, here are more tips to ensure your car is safe and as prepared as possible for your holiday expedition.
Know the Roads You’re Driving On
Perhaps one of the most important things you can do as a driver is be aware of what roads your travels will take you on. Always look up directions before heading out on a road trip and have either a GPS or road map in your car. Getting lost in a foreign place can often result in frustration and fatigue, so it is best to know the roads you’re driving on
When going on a road trip, especially if you’re going with your whole family, it is necessary to pack lightly. Not every person can stow away a large suitcase in the trunk as well as a “carry on” bag to have with them at their seat. Consider the amount of days you’ll be gone and pack realistically. You most likely won’t need four pairs of jeans for a three-day trip or five different pairs of shoes. Be courteous of other’s space, share suitcases and make everything as compact as possible so there is enough visibility for the driver to see out of all windows.
Have Your Car Looked at Beforehand
An absolute must is getting your car checked before you head out onto the roads. Have your local car shop run tests on it and make sure all vital parts are in good condition. The last thing you would want to happen would be a flat tire or have the oil signal flashing. This precautionary measure is relatively quick and can save you from having to deal with car catastrophes in a foreign state or road.
Be Aware of Road Issues
Like paying close attention to the weather, you also need to be aware of occurrences on the road ahead. Your GPS may be able to alert you if there’s a traffic jam or accident and provide you an alternative route. Tuning into radio stations can also key you in when things go awry on the road. Find news stations whenever you get into a new state so you can always be informed.
Pack a Safety Kit
Oftentimes during winter travels, people are going to even colder areas. This is why it’s vital to have a safety kit packed with plenty of blankets, water, food, flashlights and whatever else you may need in case of a breakdown. Also, make sure you have the appropriate tools in the instance you would need to replace a tire, run out of gas unexpectedly or jump start an engine. Being prepared and packing a kit like this can save you a lot of trouble in the long run.
It pays off to get your vehicle checked off before taking a trip. Following all 10 safety tips can greatly improve the time you have leading up to and during a trip over the holidays. The only thing that can give you even more peace of mind would be getting extended coverage from Warranty Direct. With endless customer friendly features, there’s nothing you won’t be able to handle on the road ahead.