Millions of travelers will take to the roads between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. Added traffic alone can bring along with it added stress. If you find yourself among the many families traveling by car over the holidays, there are several things to keep in mind to ensure safe travels!
In addition to the universal rules – do not speed, do not text and do not drink and drive – we’ve assembled some additional tips to hopefully make holiday driving more enjoyable and safe, and to reduce those stress levels.
Proper Vehicle Operation: Your vehicle’s lights, oil, tires (condition and pressure level), belts and hoses, brake fluid, antifreeze fluid and the condition of the battery should all be checked by a professional before leaving.
Plan Your Route: With proper planning of your route, including directions, weather reports and traffic reports, you can save yourself much needed time and alleviate stress. As a backup, it is recommended that you bring along a paper map. Even with a GPS system it’s wise to bring along another option should something occur where using a GPS is not possible.
Proper Speed: Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to reach your final destination and avoid speeding. Drive defensively and don’t respond to aggressive drivers. It’s far less frustrating to let an aggressive driver pass than to become aggressive yourself.
Get Some Rest: As simple as it sounds, rest up. A good night’s sleep before departing can help make the trip more enjoyable. If you are traveling far away, be sure to take regular breaks throughout your drive. Pull over and stop in a safe area if you are tired, or around every 100 miles or 2 hours.
Be Prepared: Emergencies can arise when traveling. Planning ahead can make all the difference in the world. Keep a blanket, boots, extra pair of gloves and a flashlight in the trunk of your car. Traction mats, kitty litter or sand can be used to improve traction on icy surfaces if needed.
Relax: Driving during the holiday season can be stressful. Frustration can lead to poor decisions and risky behavior behind the wheel. However, with the right attitude and some pre-planning, it can also be more enjoyable.
Peninsula Auto Body is dedicated to you and focuses on providing the best customer service regarding your auto body needs during what can be a stressful time. Our team strives to make your visit as seamless and hassle free as possible. Should you find yourself in need of collision repair services, stop by for a free estimate at 1430 San Mateo Ave., South San Francisco, CA or call us at 650.588.0999 Monday through Friday from 7:30am-5:30pm to speak to our expertly trained staff.