With the holiday season upon us, many are considering traveling to see family. Though some areas around the country are asked to minimize the congregations and avoid travels during the COVID pandemic, some are able to travel as long as they quarantine and ensure to follow all of the guidelines set by the CDC such as washing hands frequently, coughing or sneezing into the elbow of your arm, wearing masks, and keeping a safe 6 feet apart. If you are preparing to travel, though Texas isn’t exactly a winter wonderland, you want to make sure you and your vehicle get to your destination and back home safely and without incident. Today, we at Citywide Towing Service would like to share a checklist to prepare for your holiday travels.
1) Schedule a Vehicle Inspection
No matter if you are traveling across the country or just a few hours away, the most important thing to know, is that your vehicle will be able to get you there safely. Make sure to schedule an appointment with a trusted mechanic before you depart on your road trip. To keep the cabin comfortable, have the experts ensure your heating and AC systems is functional, in addition to topping the fluids, and assess the battery.
2) Rain & Snow Driving Tips
For those traveling into snowy destinations, this step is especially critical. Invest in a set of winter tires if you are facing icy roads. All-weather tires may be good enough, depending on your destination, but the winter tires will help you grip slick roads. Make sure your wiper blades are in good condition to also help maintain your visibility. Again, if you are driving to snowy territory, be prepared with winter blades will help keep the road in clear view from snowfall.
3) Emergency Roadside Kit
Having an emergency kit in the car can help everyone feel at ease, even if you’re just making a trip across town. Pre-assembled kit online or in a local auto store can be easily purchased. Be sure that your kit includes kitty litter to help with slippery spots on the road, a spare cell phone charger, a first aid kit, flashlights / extra batteries, and emergency rations such as food, water, and a warm blanket as well as jumper cables and road flares and other with roadside assistance supplies. Keep the destination in mind and ensure your kit is designed accordingly.
4) Printed Road Map
You can’t rely too heavily on technology. Though it is good to have cell phone or GPS ready, having paper maps to your destination is good as a backup, as well as handwritten directions.
5) Get Plenty of Rest
In order to keep yourself alert, you still need to be well rested, despite the excitement you may have for your impending adventure. A full night of rest cannot be replaced by no amounts of coffee and driving sleepy is very hazardous. In addition to having a good night’s rest, be sure to take breaks as needed and even switch with other drivers.