Posted Monday, Dec 25, 2017
We know a lot of you have off work this week and will be venturing to see family, friends, and loved ones (perhaps in the car you purchased from us!) – so we thought we would share 5 tips for traveling this holiday! A “Survival Guide to Christmas Travel,” if you will!
And be sure to check that your mechanic’s holiday hours! You’ll want to check your tire pressure and tread, wiper blades, and battery.
If you’ve recently had an oil change, you should be golden! But doing a one over on your tires and wiper blades is a must before holiday travel!
The basic emergency road kit for this time of year should include a bag of sand, shovel, gloves, hats, blankets, flashlights, batteries, drinking water, basic hand tools, and a charger for your phone.
Considering it is the busiest holiday week – we would also recommend having a few festive items in your car! You can’t go wrong with a few extra gift bags and a few gift cards for last minute gifts!
At this day in age, we’re pretty reliant on our phones and cars for GPS… but we recommend two things to make sure you stay on route this holiday.
First, have a physical map of your travels with you in your car. If your phone or navigation dies for whatever reason, you’ll have a backup!
Second, check online for weather and traffic reports. Us Marylanders know that the weather can change at the drop of a hat! Being prepared for snow, ice, and heavy traffic will make your holiday travels that much smoother.
This is one of the most important tips for traveling this holiday with gifts! If your family and friends are lucky, which we’re sure they are, you’ve got some pretty amazing gifts for them! So make sure your precious cargo remains safe in your vehicle… if you stop at a Starbucks on your way – make sure your wrapped presents are in the trunk or in a covered storage area in your car.
Depending on how far you’re traveling, this might not be necessary. But stopping for a nice festive cup of hot cocoa will not only warm your heart this season – but it will also give you a chance to rest a bit so you can remain alert while driving.