How to Stay Safe While Travelling Through the Holidays

January 3rd, 2020 by

a packed car on the side of the road

The holidays are filled with merriment and quality time spent with our loved ones. While this is certainly a joyous time of year, it can also become stressful with the increased amount of drivers on the road. With this in mind, we wanted to provide you with five tips on how to keep safe while traveling this holiday season. 

Get your car inspected and serviced

The first step in ensuring safe travels is to make sure you’re up-to-date on all routine maintenance. This includes things like checking your battery, changing your oil, topping off antifreeze, and checking your tires’ tread and air pressure. 

If it looks like you’ll encounter any winter weather on your route, you might want to swap your tires with a set specifically made for snow. If you’re unsure of your car’s ability to safely get you and your passengers to your destination, consider getting it professionally inspected and serviced

Pack a white-out kit

We don’t want to imagine ourselves in precarious situations that call for things like this, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. Find a large container with a sealable lid and pack it with essentials like cell phone chargers, jumper cables, LED flashlights, warm clothes and a blanket, hand and feet warmers, a first aid kit, an emergency toolkit, etc. 

If you find yourself in white-out conditions out of state, you’ll have peace of mind knowing you can simply pull over, access your kit, and wait it out safely. 

Drive slowly

The key to remaining safe on slick or snow-covered roads is to drive slowly and patiently merge, stop, turn, accelerate, and decelerate. This also means that you should add a “safety buffer” when calculating estimated travel time for any long-distance trips you plan to make. Remember to never speed to make up for lost time while driving in wintry weather. 

Drive deliberately

Besides driving more deliberately, you need to be constantly assessing your surroundings. It’s best to eliminate potential distractions by configuring your ideal climate control and mirror setups before you begin driving. Restraining the use of electronic devices, excluding GPS, is also advised in order to keep focused while driving.  

Plan your route

Before you begin traveling, make sure to fully evaluate your planned route to ensure you won’t hit any closures, disruptions, or especially treacherous weather that will impact your ability to get to your destination safely. You should also make sure you’re aware of any alternative routes you can take in the event you encounter unforeseen complications. 

It’s also advised that you take a physical map of your route so you can still travel safely in situations when using GPS isn’t feasible. 

Stay Safe During the Holidays and Beyond in Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Whether you’re sticking around town or planning an epic holiday road trip, you’ll want to ensure your car can get you and your passengers to your destination safe and sound. Come down to our showroom in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, and let a member of our team show you our impressive inventory of new VW cars for sale.

 

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