5 Quick Road Trip Tips

Holiday Road Trip

road tripAre you getting ready to head out for a holiday road trip? Nothing can ruin a drive over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house quite like breaking down. Keep the following road trip tips in mind before you and your family head out this holiday season. Remember, safety should be your number one priority as you hit the road.

1. Get a Tune-Up

A tune-up is a quick way to ensure your car is ready for the road. Tune-ups should be part of routine maintenance. During a tune-up your car should have new spark plugs installed, the air filter replaced and other important maintenance services.

2. Fluid Check

Before you head out on the open road, take the time to look over all the important fluids in your vehicle. You should check the levels on your:

  • Oil
  • Transmission Fluid
  • Power Steering Fluid
  • Brake Fluid
  • Radiator Fluid (Coolant)
  • Windshield Wiper Fluid
  • Transfer Fluid (when applicable)

Top off any fluids that are low and consider traveling with some extra oil in your trunk.

3. Tire Inspection

Another important component of vehicle safety is the condition of your tires. Take a penny and place Lincoln head first into the tread. Check a few spots on your tread. If you continually see all of Lincoln’s head, you probably have low tread. If his head is partially covered, your tread is likely fine.

Also be sure to check the air pressure on your tires. Remember, as the weather cools the pressure in your tires can change due to the contraction of the rubber.

4. Get Plenty of Rest

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that approximately “100,000 police-reported crashes are the direct result of driver fatigue each year.” Be sure the night before your big trip you plan on getting plenty of rest. Don’t plan any large events for the day before and try to have your packing done early.

5. Split the Driving Up

If at all possible, share your driving with another person. If you cannot share the driving, be sure you break the trip up into small stretches. Even if you do share the driving, take breaks to stretch your legs and clear your head. It is easy to zone out when you are driving for long distances. But splitting up the trip will keep you refreshed.

Happy holidays and be safe on the roads during the upcoming festivities.