Spiral hams, roasted turkeys, plenty of sides, pumpkin pies, always come to mind when planning the holidays, and congested highways and streets are typically part of the traditions. In the United States, with over 100 million people traveling 50 miles or more, November and December are two of the most highly traveled months. Though Thanksgiving and Christmas are behind us, New Year’s Eve is quickly approaching. The importance of safe travel for you, your family and the other travelers on the road is crucial. Today, we at Nonstop Towing would like to share a traveling checklist to help you avoid breakdowns, accidents, and be prepared if they occur.
Is My Car Ready for a Holiday Road Trip?
Brakes / Brake Fluid: An accident can easily manifest when the brake pads, brake fluid, and brakes’ integrity fall short. Make certain to schedule a brake and fluid check, afterwards test your brakes capacity on a quick errand around your home.
Tires: As the lifespan decreases, your tires should be monitored, especially before a road trip. Look for any debris that might be lodged in the tire, signs of wear like cracks, metal showing through the rubber, worn-down tread, and cuts. Before your travel day, consider a tire rotation and inspection service.
Engine Fluids: To maximize the performance of the vehicle and to make sure it is functioning the engine requires coolant, clean oil, and transmission fluid. All fluid levels need to be up to par, so consider an oil change if it is due. You need an oil change every 3K -10K miles, depending on the model, make, and year of your vehicle as well as which type of oil you invest in.
Emergency Kit: Always be prepared before setting off on a road trip. An emergency travel kit is ideal to ave in the car at all times; include items such as water and some snacks, in addition to a blanket, flashlight, umbrella, first-aid kit, and phone charger. Additionally, have contact information of a towing and roadside assistance services you can call along your route. As an exhausting and frustrating experience, being stranded is never fun. To help you get on the road all the faster make certain to have the aforementioned essentials along with proper tools for tire changes and other minor repairs.
Safe Traveling Tips: Continue to drive safely once out on the open road. Be cautious of wet surfaces, use turn signals when changing lanes, maintain the posted speed limits. Also, make sure if travel a little on the slower side, stay in the right lane to prevent causing any road rage and aggressive driving in others.
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The above checklist is designed to help you get to your holiday activities safely, significantly better prepare you and your vehicle to avoid the breakdowns and potential accidents. During your holiday travels, should you find the need for roadside assistance or towing needs in the Greater Las Vegas, Nevada area, contact Nonstop Towing and we will happily assist you.