1. Make sure your vehicle is in good operating condition – make sure there are no service lights on your dashboard, your tires have enough air and tread on them, your battery is in good condition, your levels of brake fluid, antifreeze, and oil are all accurate.
2. Get a good night’s sleep the night before your big travel day – being well rested will help make your trip more enjoyable and safer for everyone. Make sure you are taking enough breaks during longer road trips.
3. Plan your route ahead of time – have the directions already mapped out, check traffic and weather conditions before leaving. Map out stops for longer trips. Knowing where you are going to stop can save you from a lot of stress once you are on the road.
4. Follow all posted signs – yes that includes the speed limit sign. There will be many people traveling during the holidays, this means that there will probably be traffic. You may even have to drive under the speed limit. Don’t drive aggressively and don’t drive defensively. If someone around you is showing signs of aggression, let them pass. Road rage will cause unnecessary stress to you and any passengers.
5. Be prepared – emergencies can happen and it’s best to be prepared for them. Have an emergency kit in your car. Keep blankets, food and water, and a flashlight in your trunk. If driving in areas that get winter weather, kitty litter or sand can be used to improve traction on icy roadways.
6. Eliminate all distractions – Keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel. Don’t worry about texting, talking on the phone, changing the music, or eating.
7. Seatbelts – make sure everyone is wearing their seatbelt. This could make all the difference in the event of an accident.
8. Pay attention to the gap – always use the 3-second rule to establish a safe distance from the car traveling in front of you. This will make sure you have plenty of time to react in case of an emergency.
9. Make sure you relax – the holiday season is already stressful enough. Frustration and anger can lead to bad decisions and road rage. Keep a positive attitude while traveling and focus on getting to your destination safely.
Hopefully you are more prepared for your winter travel after reading these 9 tips. Whether you’re in need of vehicle maintenance or you are looking to purchase a new vehicle, our experienced staff at Spieler’s Inc. can help you. We want to provide you with the best service here at our family owned and operated car dealership in Central Missouri.
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