Holiday Road Trip Travel Tips

With the holiday season here, now is the time to get yourself and your car ready for the travel that often comes with enjoying this time of year. Keep the following preparation tips from Ralph Thayer Automotive in mind regarding holiday road trips in Livonia.

Schedule maintenance

Before you set out on road trips that could lead you into inclement weather and dangerous conditions, it's critical that your vehicle is in tip-top condition. Bring your car in to Ralph Thayer Automotive, and our technicians will be sure to thoroughly check ou t your vehicle, including the following before you head out on holiday travel: oil change, windshield wipers and fluid, cooling system, heater/defroster, battery, lights and tires.

Prepare an emergency kit

Always head out with supplies in case you are stranded. Good additions to an emergency kit include blankets, flares, kitty litter in case the car gets stuck in a slippery patch, small shovel, flashlight, tire chains, backup cell phone charger, gloves, boots, extra clothing, flares, water and snacks.

When on the road

To keep yourselves safe when on the road, there are a variety of things you can do when traveling for the holidays. These include mapping your route out in advance so that you know where you are going ahead of time. Avoid heavy traffic and delays by leaving early.

Always keep valuables in the trunk or in covered storage areas in the interior of the car. Instruct any children to stay away from strangers and always have them accompanied by an adult.

In case you get stranded, have roadside assistance information available if you need help while on the road. Also ensure that you can call for help by keeping a cell phone and charger with you at all times. There are smartphone applications available that allow you to request help on your phone without even making a phone call.

At Ralph Thayer Automotive, we hope your holiday road trips in Livonia are enjoyable and safe.