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Traveling for the Holidays?

Posted on December 9th, 2015

Traveling for the Holidays?

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Holiday Travel

How do you get ready for long periods of travel with a car or truck?

  •   If you are traveling for the holidays, a safety inspection is highly recommended; Doing an inspection yourself regularly, but having a trusted mechanic that is able to take a quick look at your belts, fluids, spark plugs, tires, brakes and brake pads, shocks, A/C, gaskets, and tell you what is or isn’t needed for your trip is reassuring.
  •   Clean out any unnecessary items in your car: seems silly, however if you have a bunch of items in your car and you get into a wreck that is an object that might end up causing injury to you or a family member.


Prepare for the drive:

  1.   Pack extra water at least a gallon
  2.   Pack a blanket (especially if driving through snow or colder weather)
  3.   First aid kit
  4.   Tool box with wrenches, screw driver, hammer, box knife jumper cables
  5.   Know how to use your jack and tire iron

 

  • Check the weather before you head out, weather can be a force to be reckoned with. Sometimes you are planning for clear skies and nice temperatures, but depending on the distance you will be driving there is a chance for weather to catch you off guard.
  • Know the radio stations that play local news, getting weather and traffic updates can keep you ahead of the game.
  • Contact family or friends that are at your departure location, and at the location you will be arriving at.  Letting people know where you are, and roughly what time you expect to get in to your destination helps keep you safe.
  • If you are traveling with pets plan for stops and bring a few items that might comfort them, remember that if they are not in a kennel that they too should be buckled in.
  • Traveling with children, remember to bring items for them to pass the time.  But ultimately expect to make stops for potty breaks, diaper changes, feedings and just letting them get out of their car seats and stretch.   One of the continued concerns for young children is letting them sleep in their car seats for extended periods of time.
  • Check to ensure that your child is breathing regularly in their car seat if they happen to fall asleep.
  • Keep them cool while they sleep, infants and toddlers can’t always inform you that they are too warm, but they will let you know if they are too cold.
  • Never leave your child unattended in a vehicle; it only takes a few minutes for heatstroke and death to occur in a hot car.
  • Pull in and stay at a hotel if your child and you are too tired to continue on with the drive, rest can help keep you alert and allow for you to double check your vehicle after extended periods of driving.