According to AAA, 103 million people are traveling this holiday season, and over 90% of those traveling will be driving. With all of us on the roads, the last thing you want to do is end up on the side of the road in harsh winter conditions. Here are 5 tips for staying safe on the road.
- Get maintenance done
- Check your car during your trip
- Pack an emergency kit
- Check the holiday travel weather
- Stay in contact
Make sure your car is in good working order by getting your maintenance done before hitting the road. Head to your local auto repair specialist to get your car checked out and any necessary repairs done.
Keep an eye on things like your tire pressure, headlights and brakelights to make sure they’re all ready for the hours of travel ahead.
Packing an emergency kit is important, especially if you’re heading into an area with cold temperatures and snowy conditions. You never know when you might end up stuck on the road. Your emergency kit should include things like deicer, shovels, maps, blankets, non-perishable food, water, phone charger, flares, etc.
Make sure you’re up to date with the latest weather conditions so that you are able to drive safely. You may need to leave a little bit earlier or later than you planned, but that may keep you safe.
Whether you’re traveling alone or in a group, make sure you let family and friends know when you’re leaving and when you’re set to return. Check in with them at pit stops along your route so they can track your progress.
These 5 steps will help you stay safe on the roads this holiday season. Have questions about your car? Give us a call or schedule an appointment. With 5 locations serving Baltimore, Clarksburg, Columbia, Ellicott City, and Woodstock, we’ll be able to get you back on the road quickly and safely!