Every holiday season, thousands of American drivers take to the road to reunite with loved ones and enjoy the winter season. As part of this preparation, motorists may perform regular maintenance on their car, or make sure their tires are fully inflated. However, the biggest threat to travelers may not be under the hood, but rather just outside their door.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, American roadways will see an increase of 50 percent more drivers. Of them, many will be traveling at least 50 miles to spend the holidays with their loved ones. As a result, drivers are at an increased risk of being in an accident.
Before you head out on the open road, be sure your home and auto are prepared. Here are three things every driver can do before heading over the hills and through the woods to reunite with family.
Check tire pressure: Tire pressure is not just key to proper maintenance and maintaining fuel efficiency. Rather, tire pressure can also help motorists keep good traction in all weather, while maintaining proper stopping power.
Before leaving for the holiday season, start by checking tire pressure on your vehicle. By filling tires to the proper levels, travelers can make sure their vehicles stay safe.
Plan a route ahead of time: While it may be tempting to take the same route you’ve always taken, it may not be the best – or most direct – route to your destination. In some situations, there may be a better way to get to your destination.
By using a GPS system, travelers can route a better direction to their destination and back, potentially with less traffic and easier routing. Be sure to have a map ready as a back-up, to make sure you can get to your destination with ease.
Get a new auto and home insurance quote: Sometimes, maintenance doesn’t just apply to your car. By getting a new auto and home insurance quote, travelers can make sure they are fully covered for whatever happens on their travels.
By comparing multiple quotes for auto and home insurance, holiday drivers can better understand all their options, and select a level of coverage that works best for their needs. Before taking to the holiday road, be sure you are fully covered with a new quote.
Before starting the car, make sure every aspect of your journey is covered. By completing proper maintenance in every aspect, you can make sure your travels are covered and safe this holiday season.