If you’ll be travelling over the river and through the woods to grandma’s house this holiday season, here is a list to get you and your family there safely:
Make sure your vehicle is in working order. Check all fluid levels (oil, windshield washer, transmission, coolant) and make sure your wipers are in good condition. Cold temperatures can cause your tires to lose air pressure. You may want to add 3-5 psi, especially if your vehicle is equipped with a tire pressure sensor.
If you have to pull over due to bad weather conditions, or worse – if you slide off the road…you may have to wait awhile until help arrives. Make sure you have warm blankets, bottled water, and nonperishable snacks on hand. Your kit should also include:
- First-aid kit
- Jumper cables
- Tire repair kit/Inflate-a-Flat
- Phone charger
- Ice scraper
- De-icing spray
Everyone should be dressed for cold weather – including coats, hats, gloves, and boots. Always prepare for the worst. It would be awful to run out of gas and have to trek through the snow in a pair of Crocs and a t-shirt.
If your trip is long, make sure to bring along activities for the kids. Bring extra batteries and chargers for devices.
Don’t OVER pack. You don’t want to cram your vehicle so full so that you can’t see out the windows. Leave some room for presents. You’ll be driving back home with more stuff than you brought with you!
Plan Your Route
Pre-program your trip into your phone or navigation system. Do some research ahead of time to plan for drive time and construction delays. Have an alternate route in mind if roads are closed or to avoid getting stuck in traffic. Tune in to weather reports frequently so you know what’s ahead.
Fill ‘Er Up
Finally, be sure to head out with a full tank of gas and try not to let your tank drop below half along the way. Be prepared in case you get stuck in traffic, bad weather, or have an emergency.