We are nearing the most wonderful time of the year full of holidays, family, friends, and traveling. We know that the holidays mean more folks are on the road. Follow these tips while traveling over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house.

Weather Ready 

We may be dreaming of a white Christmas, but snow and ice can be brutal to drive in. Check the weather conditions before you head out on the road and make sure to drive at a speed that is safe for road and weather conditions.

Buckle Up

This one is a no-brainer. Buckle up; it’s the law, right? Even if passengers fall asleep, make sure they’re properly wearing seatbelts. This also applies to large vans and even RVs! 

Minimize Distractions

Keep your eyes on the road. Texting or fumbling with your phone for even a short time can be dangerous. Did you know when traveling at 55mph you can travel the length of a football field in five seconds? Ask a passenger to help, or if you are traveling alone, use your phone’s assistant like Siri or pull over.

Don’t Drink and Drive 

Holidays are a time for celebrating. Celebrate responsibly and never drink and drive. Nominate a designated driver, make a plan, call an Uber, or claim your friend’s guest room. Your family and friends want to spend the holidays with you for all the years to come, get there safely.

Car Check-Up

Before hitting the road, give your car a check-up to keep car troubles far away from your holiday vacation. 

Here are a few maintenance checks to complete before your road trip:

  • Check your car’s battery to make sure it is tightly connected and corrosion free. It is recommended to change your car battery every two years. 
  • Top off fluids such as oil, transmission fluid, and windshield washer fluid. If your car is nearing an oil change, it might be good to go ahead and take your car in. A lot of mechanics can do additional checks along with an oil change which can give you peace of mind before you get on the road. 
  • Inspect your tires. Make sure your tires are properly inflated and that the tread on your tires is in good shape. If you notice uneven tread wear on all of your tires, it might be time for a rotation or alignment. 
  • Check your brakes. If you have noticed any squeaking, you might have worn down brake pads which should be inspected by a professional. 
  • Make sure all lights are working properly both inside and outside of your vehicle. Replace any burned-out bulbs for maximum visibility.

Looking to get some repairs before your road trip? Contact European Collision Repair for an inspection and quote before hitting the road this season.