The holidays often entail plenty of roasted turkeys, spiral hams, pumpkin pies, and of course, congested highways and streets. With over 100 million people traveling 50 miles or more, November and December are two of the most highly traveled months in the United States. With November and Christmas behind us, many people will be focusing on the other December holidays such as Chanukah, and New Year’s Eve. There is still plenty of holiday traveling going on. While traveling, it is important that you, your passengers, and others on the road are safe. With this simple checklist, we at Citywide Towing Service have listed below, you can help your vehicle better prepared for the traveling to avoid breakdowns and reduce the risk of accidents.
Check & Fill Car Engine Fluids
To function properly and to maintain maximum performance, the engine requires clean oil, coolant, and transmission fluid. Prior to hitting the road, make certain your oil change is up to date and that all fluid levels are up to par. Depending on the make, model, and year of your vehicle as well as which type of oil you invest in, you need an oil change every 3K -10K miles.
Check Brakes & Brake Fluid
Depleted brake pads, brake fluid, and poor brakes can quickly result in an accident. Before a long trip, be sure to schedule a brake and fluid check and test your brakes capacity on a quick errand around your home.
Check Tire Pressure Before Long Distance Trip
Tires need to be monitored as their lifespan decreases. Check the tires for signs of wear such as metal showing through the rubber, cracks, worn-down tread, and cuts, as well as any debris that might be lodged in the tire. Consider a tire rotation and inspection service before your travel day.
Roadside Emergency Kit
It is always good to be prepared. Keep an emergency travel kit in your vehicle that includes a first-aid kit, phone charger, blanket, flashlight, umbrella, phone charger, water and some snacks. Also have a number of towing and roadside assistance services you can call along your route. Being stranded on the side of the road can be exhausting and frustrating. Having a kit and the proper tools for tire changes and other minor repairs, can help you get on the road all the faster.
Once out on the open road, continue to drive safely. Use turn signals when changing lanes, maintain the posted speed limits, look out for debris and tire shrapnel on the road, be cautious of wet surfaces, and if you want to travel a little on the slower side, be sure to stay out of the left lane and stick to the right to avoid causing road rage and aggressive driving in others. Safe driving is more crucial than getting to the destination any earlier.
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Using this checklist can help significantly better prepare you and your vehicle, help reduce the likelihood of breakdowns, prevent potential accidents, and help you get to your holiday activities safely. If you find the need for roadside assistance or towing needs during your holiday travels in the Greater Dallas, Texas area, call Citywide Towing Service and our experts will gladly assist you!