Top Safety Tips For Holiday Driving

With the holidays approaching, it’s wise for drivers to make sure that their automobile is ready for the journey! A malfunctioning vehicle shouldn’t be putting a damper on this joyous time of year. Here are some tips on what to be mindful of before you and your family hit the road:


Have Basic Maintenance done

Getting some basic maintenance done before you head off will certainly provide some peace of mind during the winter travels. Some parts of the car that should be inspected:


  • Check tire pressure and tread depth

  • Test Battery

  • Check engine

  • Replace wiper blades

  • Make sure you have a brake check and oil change before you leave home


Check on the weather

Check the conditions from your home to your destination. For example, if you’re driving through some mountain passes, you’ll want to know what to expect.


Make a winter emergency road kit

Should problems arise, it’s best to have an emergency kit on hand to keep you and your family as safe and comfortable as possible. Here are some things to include:


  • Jumper cables, an ice scraper

  • Sand

  • First aid kit

  • Shovel

  • Blankets and warm clothes.

  • Jumper cables

  • Ice scraper

  • Flashlights and extra  batteries

  • Paper towels

  • Phone charger

  • Drinking water and energy snacks


Protect your valuables

Unfortunately, burglaries do take place over the holidays. A car full of presents and other items is a big attraction for thieves. Don’t tempt them and keep your valuables in the trunk or covered.


Keep the children safe and occupied.

Be sure the booster seats, safety seats, and seatbelts are functioning properly and capable of protecting the little ones. Bored children can be distracting for a driver so be sure you’re prepared for ways to fight their boredom. For example, games, books, and DVD’s will keep the kids busy for miles!


Take a break every few hours

Grown-ups need to stop too! You’ll remain more alert if you take a break around every 100 miles. Stretch your legs and grab a bite so you can show up at your holiday destination safe and ready to celebrate!


If you want an inspection before you’re off for your holiday travel, visit American Five Star Auto Repair & Transmission. Our skilled mechanics have been offering the most quality auto repair for Tempe drivers for over 25 years, and we welcome you to experience our 5-star customer service for yourself. Call us or schedule an appointment so we can assist you. American Five Star Auto Repair & Transmission is located at 2070 E. Apache Road, Suite 101, Tempe, AZ 85281. We look forward to your visit!


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