Christmas is right around the corner, which means many families will be hitting the road to travel. This time of year can also be particularly hazardous, not only because of poor driving conditions, but also because of increased road traffic. That’s why it’s important to keep in mind some basic Christmas driving tips.
First and foremost, get up to date on service and maintenance. Bring your car in to Bill Harris GM for regular service, including oil changes and inspections. This will prevent any unexpected breakdowns, which can be dangerous in cold weather. While you’re here, our service technicians will look at key elements like battery charge, tire pressure and tread, and the condition of your windshield wipers.
Next, map your route in advance — even if you have a GPS. This will help you figure out when to leave (plan on leaving early to avoid heavy traffic), and it can also come in handy if there are any detours or traffic jams. It can never hurt to learn your route, even if you have a smartphone or navigation system.
Keep a roadside emergency kit. You should stock it with a first aid kit, as well as potable water, blankets, and basic tools. Many people also keep a charged cell phone in their trunk, which you can use to call for help should your normal phone die.
Finally, when traveling with kids, always make sure to go with them on bathroom breaks and instruct them not to talk to strangers at rest stops. It’s also important to bring plenty of water and healthy snacks to keep everyone pleasant on the road.
From the family at Bill Harris GM to you and yours, have a happy and healthy holiday season!