Tips for Holiday Road Trips

To Grandmother’s House We Go!

girl on luggageAre you gearing up for a holiday road trip? Any trip to see the family can be ruined by a breakdown on the side of the road. Check out these holiday road trip tips. By preparing ahead you can avoid a headache on the road. But remember, if you do find yourself stranded, call Pippin Towing & Recovery for fast tow services.

1. Tune up

Take your car in for a tune up before you head out on a long road trip. A good tune up should include replacing your spark plugs, air filter and other important maintenance services. Use this opportunity to check all your vehicles fluids too. Check your:coolant fluid

  • Oil
  • Transmission Fluid
  • Brake Fluid
  • Power Steering Fluid
  • Windshield Wiper Fluid
  • Transfer Fluid *when applicable*

2. Rest up

rest upMake sure you get plenty of rest the night before you leave. Drowsiness can lead to serious accidents. In fact, according to a conservative estimate by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration approximately “100,000 police-reported crashes are the direct result of driver fatigue each year.”

If you have a fellow driver to share the trip with, make sure they are well rested too. Don’t plan a big event right before you leave and try to pack early so you can rest the night before.

3. Gear up

first aid kitGet everything together the night before if at all possible. Having the car packed and ready to go can alleviate stress the morning you embark upon your trip. Make sure you have everything you need for the time you will be gone. It is also wise to have a first aid kit on hand. If you are driving somewhere cold store some extra blankets in your trunk. And have plenty of snacks and water on hand. Lastly, don’t forget to bring along some fun games for the little ones.

Happy holidays and be safe on the roads! Remember, if you need a tow, give us a call.