We all know road travel alone, has its share of annoyances and risks. There may be road closings, slower speeds due to snow or sleet, traffic accidents and other obstacles to throw you off track. The Deery Brother’s Dealership understands how important a safe car is while on the road. And they want you to know that their service center is there to help you get on the road faster and safer. Here are tips for safe holiday travel.
1. Have your car examined before you leave. This is one of the most crucial winter driving tips. The last thing you want to worry about is your car falling apart, leaving you stranded far away from home. Take it to your local auto shop for a quick once over, and make sure your tires are winter ready and properly inflated.
2. Be prepared for a change in course. Before you depart, become confident in knowing your route. It’s very important that you’re ready for anything on the road that could slightly change your plans, including construction, road closings and traffic hurdles.
3. Stay hydrated for the journey. It probably seems like dehydration isn’t very likely, but a recent Mayo Clinic study shows that a mere one- to two-percent loss of body weight can quickly lead to fatigue and decreased alertness, which could be deadly in icy winter driving. Also, your body requires more fuel in the cold. Pack yourself and your passengers high-energy foods such sandwiches, a thermos filled with soup, fruit, and water.
4. Pack a winter safety kit for the car. Don’t leave without the essentials for a safe road trip — a cell phone, ice scraper; tow rope and jumper cables; sand or cat litter to aid with traction; blankets; flashlights, matches and emergency candles; first aid kit; portable radio; and a good book, in case you do get stuck.
5. Make frequent rest stops. Winter driving is much more fatiguing than in the summer, so you’ll want to make time to stop and stretch your legs. Just a few minutes off the road will make all the difference in improving your alertness when you’re back behind the wheel.
Bonus: Do not over pack your vehicle While you may be trying to visit all of your friends and family, it’s better to just pick a select few. Overpacking your car with presents, suitcases and extra people will weigh heavy on the car. Not to mention that depending on how you stack, you can also impair your view.