Traveling Tips for Holiday Drivers
Tip #1 Always Service Your Vehicle Before Heading Out
Routine maintenance is always a must. This is especially true before traveling away from home. If maintenance is not up to date on your vehicle, have a qualified shop inspect your vehicle before you take a long drive. Have your tires checked, oil changed, and a full examination completed a few days before leaving. This way, any problems that need immediate attention can be addressed prior to hitting the road. This is also a good time to get any vehicle recalls taken care of. So, ask the mechanic doing the evaluation to check for recalls as well.
Tip #2 Gather All Needed Information
Almost all drivers know to have their insurance information with them on a long trip, but there is other information that should be gathered too. Because there’s always the possibility of breaking down or being involved in a collision while on the road, drivers should have roadside assistance contact information on hand. If you aren’t sure who your roadside assistance provider, contact your insurance provider.
Also,map out your route ahead of time and account for heavy traffic and detours. With the increase in technology and GPS use, this is a step that most drivers bypass. However, in instances where cell service isn’t available, having a physical copy of directions/map can be a lifesaver. Also, have an extra charger and list of emergency contacts with you at all times.
After purchasing or creating a car safety kit, make a personal one as well. It could include extra medicine, clothing, and other needed supplies in case of emergency.
With your car ready, trip mapped out, weather accounted for, and an emergency kit in the trunk, you should be ready for the road and holiday adventure that awaits.
We at Orlando Auto Body wish you nothing but safe travels and happy memories. But should you find yourself in a bind because of a Christmas collision, please give us a call at 481-844-4858.