During the winter, many folks will be traveling to see friends and family during the holidays. If you’re planning to spend the holidays out of town and will be driving to your destination, it is important to make sure that your vehicle is prepared for the trek. Getting stuck on the road can be extremely stressful, and very dangerous when it comes to driving in the snow. The following checklist will help you be prepared for your upcoming winter road trip.
Has your car been inspected recently?
A multi-point vehicle inspection is always a good idea when it comes to getting ready to travel. Visit your trusted local mechanic for an inspection to verify that everything looks good and that there are no foreseeable issues that need to be addressed before driving long distances.
When is the last time you changed your windshield wipers?
If your answer is over a year, we recommend changing your wipers before your road trip. Windshield wipers typically need to be replaced every year and are important when it comes to driving in rain or snow to see the road clearly.
Have you looked over your driving route yet?
Regardless of where you are traveling, it is always a good idea to look over your route and check the weather in those areas. This will help you be prepared for what is to come down the road, especially if you are going to hit snow or ice unexpectedly. Knowing the route you are going to take beforehand will also make sure that you reach your destination safely.
Have you checked your tires?
When it comes to driving in the winter, good tires are vital. Be sure to check the tread on your tires to make sure they aren’t bald or worn down. Worn down tires can lead to hydroplaning and loss of control on the road. It’s also a good idea to have your local mechanic check your tire alignment and air pressure before embarking on your trip.
Does your heater and defroster work properly?
Whether you are traveling alone or with family, the heater will be necessary when driving long distances in the winter. Test out your heater beforehand to ensure that it is working properly. You will also need a working defroster for your windshields in order to see clearly and safely, so any issues with either of these should be addressed before you hit the road.
We hope that this checklist will help you keep safe on the road this holiday season and get you to friends and family to celebrate. If your vehicle needs an inspection, repair, or just a pre-road trip check-up, bring your vehicle into Revolution Motor Works in Finksburg, MD or give us a call at (410) 517-7006 today.