Preparing Your Vehicle for Holiday Travel

December 19, 2019 7:50 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

The holiday season is one of the busiest times of year for traveling in all forms, and the combination of wintry weather plus greater road congestion could result in some potential dangers to people out on the roads. Therefore, it’s important that you make sure your vehicle is up to the task before you head out on your holiday road trips.

Routine vehicle maintenance services in Port Charlotte, FL are just the beginning. Here are just a few tasks we recommend to get you prepared for winter driving this holiday season:

  • Have your vehicle serviced: It’s a good idea to seek out vehicle maintenance services to get your car tuned up for the winter weather. Make sure to check all fluids, including oil, transmission, brake fluid, windshield wiper fluid and antifreeze. Check all hoses and belts and the radiator. Also check your windshield wipers—you’ll want to make sure they’re in good enough condition to get rain and snow off your windshield without leaving streaks behind. If they’re more than six months old, it’s probably time to replace them. Finally, make sure your tires are in good condition, still have plenty of tread and are inflated to the proper levels to keep you safe.
  • Protect the interior of your vehicle: Some all-weather floor mats can be very handy to have in your vehicle, especially when the weather gets sloppy. They’re very easy to clean, and easy to put in and take out. It can also help to have a spot remover, a spare cloth and some paper towels on hand—these will help if someone spills food or drink in the car during your road trip.
  • Have an emergency kit handy: You should always drive with an emergency kit in the car, just to be on the safe side, but this is especially important in winter and on long road trips. Make sure you have jumper cables, a small shovel, road flares, a flashlight, an ice scraper, a small knife, first aid items, waterproof matches, some snacks, winter apparel and kitty litter (to provide traction if you get stuck).
  • Keep your kids entertained: If you have children who are on the younger side, it can be difficult to keep them entertained on long drives, so make sure you have multiple options so they do not start to get fidgety and fussy. Books, games, DVDs, fun music to sing along to and other car-friendly activities are all a great way to help kids enjoy the ride and prevent them from distracting the driver.
  • Plan your trip: Before you leave, make sure your route is planned. It can help to have a paper map in case your GPS or phone service goes down. It’s also a good idea to keep surveying the weather before you leave so you know what to expect. If you can see there will be a winter storm coming through, you might want to adjust your route or timing accordingly.

For more tips for preparing your vehicle for travel this winter, or to schedule vehicle maintenance services in Port Charlotte, FL, contact the team at Ice Cold Auto Repair today.

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