Getting Your Car Ready For Holiday Drive

Your car may be the last thing you think of when you’re packing your bags for the holidays, but getting it ready ahead of time can prevent a lot of headaches once the holiday rush is in full swing. Whether it’s an annual road trip to Grandma’s house or just driving around town for sightseeing, taking some precautions and performing simple tasks before hitting the asphalt can help ensure that you and your loved ones will arrive safely at your destination. Read on and learn how to get your car prepared–however long or short your drive–so that all you have to focus on during this holiday season is quality time with friends and family!

  • Check the Battery: The last thing you need is to be stranded on the side of the road with a dead battery. Make sure yours is in top condition and replace it if necessary.
  • Change Your Oil: This simple maintenance task can save you time, money, and headaches down the line. Regularly changing your oil can help prevent major mechanical issues, so make sure you do it before embarking on your holiday journey.
  • Check Tire Tread and Pressure: Make sure that your tires are properly inflated and have adequate tread depth. If not, invest in a new set of snow tires or all-season tires if the roads may be icy or wet where you’re headed.
  • Stock Up On Emergency Supplies: Don’t forget to bring an emergency kit with you. It should include a first-aid kit, jumper cables, tools to change a tire, flares, and other items that could help you in the event of an emergency.
  • Update Your GPS: If your car has navigation capabilities or if you’re bringing along a handheld device, make sure it’s up-to-date with the latest maps and software. Knowing where you’re going can save a lot of time–and stress–on your holiday travels!
  • Fill Up Your Gas Tank: Don’t wait until you’re running on empty to get more gas. Make sure to fill up before you leave and plan ahead for any rest stops or fueling stops you may need to make during your journey.
  • Have Your Vehicle Inspected: A qualified mechanic from HEART Auto Care can inspect your car for any potential issues that could cause problems later on. Have the brakes, suspension system, lights and other components of your vehicle checked and serviced if needed.

By following these helpful tips, you can rest assured that you and your car will take on the holidays with ease! Have a safe and happy holiday season from all of us at HEART Certified Auto Care!