Christmas is one of the busiest times of the year on the road, so if you’re planning on taking a road trip, you should keep in mind these Christmas road trip tips to keep you and your passengers safe and happy no matter how long the drive.
First of all, figure out which times and days are busiest and try to avoid them. If you can leave a day earlier than everyone else or even on the day of the holiday rather than in the days before, do it. Try to do your driving in the morning when there are fewer people on the road.
You should also make sure your car is in good condition and has everything you need in the event of a breakdown. Put together a winter emergency kit and get an inspection done before you leave.
If you’re carrying luggage or food, you’ll want to keep everything closed in the trunk and tied down if you have to leave it in the backseat. Loose items in cars can get tossed around and hurt someone if you crash or even brake too hard.
If you’re traveling with kids, bring a variety of things for them to do, and check out your local library for free entertainment. Books, audiobooks, DVDs if you have portable players, even WiFi hotspots on the libraries dime. Your kids will be happy and your drive will be less stressful.
Finally, winter is one of the most dangerous times of the year to drive, so be even more careful than usual. Give yourself extra stopping distance and avoid slamming the brakes. For longer trips, visit Union Park BMW for a quick service check to ensure your vehicle is ready for the journey. Most importantly, have a safe trip and enjoy the holiday season!