If you are going to be visiting out-of-town friends or family this holiday season, then it is important for you to make sure you are prepared. Not only are you going to want to double check all the luggage and presents before packing them into the car, but you also want to make sure you are prepared for the trip from a safety standpoint as well. You can learn about some of the things you want to do in order to increase your chances of having a smooth and safe traveling experience this holiday.
Take your car in for servicing
Take your car to the shop and have any servicing it needs done performed before you leave. This can include a tune-up, an oil change, all the fluids checked, tire rotating and balancing, etc. You'll feel much better getting on the road once you know everything has been taken care of and the mechanic gave your car their seal of approval.
Check the condition of your spare tire
When you are having your car serviced, you should also have the condition of your spare looked at. If it looks pretty bad, then you want to buy a new tire and have it put on to replace the shotty spare you have now. Also, make sure the jack, tire iron and a few other important tools are in the car.
Map out the trip and check different routes against weather reports
You want to map out a couple of different routes and check the weather forecast for the days you will be on the road. By having a couple of routes planned out, you won't get caught off guard if one of your routes ends up with a huge traffic jam. You will simply be able to go the other route. By knowing what the weather will be along each route, you will be prepared to deal with the driving conditions for whichever route you end up on.
Pack supplies for the road
You want to be sure you will be good for a while if traffic or weather leaves you in your car for a good period of time. Or, should you end up with car troubles, you will be fine until a towing service reaches you. Some things you want to have are blankets, flashlights, a portable battery operated heater, bottled water, non-perishable snacks, and a list of emergency phone numbers in case something happens to your cell phone.