Over 90 million people travel for the holidays every year. That means an increase in traffic and an increase in stress for you as a driver. At Primary Care Auto Repair in Warwick RI, we want you to make the most of your holiday season and that includes your holiday road trip. With these simple tips, you will be able to focus on what is important this season.
Map out your route ahead of time so you have an idea of the time it is going to take. Research traffic and weather forecasts so you can get a better understanding of any delays or inclement weather that you might encounter. And when you are planning your travel times, leave wiggle room for those delays.
Stock up your car’s emergency kit. Make sure that you have a working flashlight, basic first aid kit, reflective triangles, and an ice-scraper. While you’re at it, stock up your car with simple snacks and activities to keep your youngest passengers busy and entertained.
It is always important to avoid distracted driving at all costs. Utilize your hands-free device for calls and navigation. If you do need to use your phone, pull into a safe parking lot or ask your passenger to do it for you.
You also need to stay alert. Driver fatigue can lead to serious consequences. Get plenty of rest the night before you travel. When you are planning your route, map out places to stop and take a break. And if you are a coffee drinker, refuel whenever you refuel your vehicle.
We get it, traveling in heavy traffic is frustrating, but you can’t let that frustration turn into road rage. Planning for traffic means you won’t feel the need to rush. Prepare a nice driving playlist before you leave and when you are on the road, be courteous of other drivers.
Don’t Drive Impaired
This should go without saying, but the number of DUIs and alcohol-related accidents spike during the holiday season. If you decide to have a few glasses of wine or Nana’s extra potent eggnog, don’t get behind the wheel. If you can’t find a sober driver at your gathering, take advantage of a ride-sharing app like Lyft or Uber.
At Primary Care Auto Repair, your safety is our number one concern. Before you hit the road for the holidays, come in for maintenance and inspection so you can have peace of mind knowing that your vehicle is ready for the road.