Holiday Travel Checklist

Travel Traffic

Are you ready for the travel season ahead? According to AAA, more than 98 million people drove more than 50 miles from home during last year’s holiday season. With lower gas prices, we can expect that number to increase this year. Be prepared with this pre-trip checklist!

Inspect your Car

Check your car’s operations before setting off. Areas to check:

  • Battery – check battery level and remove any corrosion
  • Fluid levels – oil, coolant, antifreeze, and windshield wiper
  • Tire pressures – check the driver’s side door jam for recommended tire pressures
  • Lights- both interior and exterior lights
  • Windshield wipers – check that they’re not scraping and replace if necessary
  • Brakes – listen for any noises and replace brake pads and rotors if they are screeching or grinding

Don’t hesitate to take your car to your local auto repair center for a pre-trip inspection including an oil change and tire rotation.

Pack your Travel Emergency Kit

Be sure you have everything you need in case of an emergency. Some things you don’t want to forget:

  • Portable phone charger
  • Non-perishable food and water
  • Jumper cables or a jump start kit
  • Extra blanket
  • Tire sealant
  • Flashlight and satteries
  • Winter weather kit – including cat litter, shovel, and de-icer to help get you out of icy situations

Check the Forecast

Keeping an eye on the weather allows you to find the best time and day to leave. Pay attention to any impending rain, snow, or fog which could delay travel and cause additional traffic.

Plan an Alternate Route

If you notice the weather looks bad, it’s a good idea to plan an alternate route. It may take you a little longer than you would like, but it could save you from being stuck in endless amounts of traffic.

Where ever you’re headed, have a safe any happy holiday season!

Written by Cardinal Plaza Shell

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