This time of year is about spending time family, friends and, for some, the road. You will likely have to spend more time than usual driving during the holidays, which means you should make sure your car is up to the task. Whether you’re driving down the street or out of state, it’s recommended to practice safe driving.
Here is a car safety checklist:
• Get a maintenance check before hitting the road.
o Oil change
o Check all fluid levels
o Replace old wiper blades
o Check all lights
o Test your battery
• Check your spare tire.
o Keep a jack and a tire iron in the car.
• Prepare an emergency kit.
o Include first aid supplies, blankets, gloves, jumper cables, flares, extra food and water.
• Keep spare chargers in the car for all electronics.
• If you’re in a rental car, take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with its features, especially finding where the wipers, turn signal, cruise control and headlights are all located.
• Make sure your child’s car seat or booster seat fits them properly.
• Child-proof the back seat.
o Clean up the area and remove any liquids, items that could be swallowed and secure anything that could fly forward in the event of a sudden stop or accident.
• Go with kids during bathroom stops.
• Remind kids not to speak to strangers.
• Have games and snacks at the ready!
o Pack fruits, vegetables, protein bars and nuts.
SAFE DRIVING TIPS
• Get a good night’s sleep before getting behind the wheel.
• Be aware of your surroundings! Check further down the road than just the car in front of you.
• Don’t touch your phone. If you are paying attention to your phone, you can’t be paying full attention to the road. Checking a text can wait until a refuel stop.
• Play defense! Stay at least two seconds behind the car in front of you. Double that space if the weather is bad. It’s best to assume no one else is paying attention – it’s on you to be stay safe.
The holidays are a wonderful time of year to be with loved ones. Make sure you arrive safely by utilizing the best safety driving measures.