Preparing for Holiday Road Trips: Driving During the Winter Season

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Traveling for the holidays? Be cautious on the road!

The holiday season is one of the busiest times of the year. In addition to dangerous road conditions, the highways are packed with travelers headed home for the holidays. We’ve put together a post on holiday road trips to help you survive the winter season.

The most important thing to do before traveling, according to AAA, is to make sure your car is maintained. Change the oil, check tires and brakes, top off fluids, and get new wipers. Having a tune-up can make a huge difference.

Always look for alternative routes. Planning ahead can be helpful, especially if you’re leaving from a big city. Most travelers rely on their GPS, but sometimes a side route might actually be quicker than the highway. Avoiding gridlock can also be easy if you don’t travel at peak times.

Don’t leave your pets alone. Remember that cold temperatures are especially dangerous for small pets, and hypothermia can set in quicker than expected. If you can’t take your pet with you, take turns with other passengers keeping it company.

Finally, always be prepared for an emergency. Keep a spare tire, jack, jumper cables, first aid kit, and survival kit in case the worst should happen.