Ben Sweger, with Tire Discounters, talks to Meterologist Eric Burke about making sure your vehicle is ready before heading out for the holidays.
If you’re among the many that plan on hitting the road in the coming weeks, you’ll want to keep these things in mind before your trip:
1.Plan ahead: Schedule any required maintenance in advance. This will help prevent any surprises on your trip and remove one item from your list before you head out. Also, plan ahead for the day of your trip; anticipate that traffic may hold you up, so give yourself plenty of time as you prepare to leave. Apps like Waze are great with sending alerts about when you should depart in addition to recommending the best possible route depending on traffic, construction and accidents.
2.Perform a car check: As you pack for grandma’s house, make sure you have everything you need to keep your car ship shape too, such as an emergency kit, phone charger and jumper box. Don’t forget to examine your spare tire, too. You don’t want to be left stranded on the road and miss your family’s festivities.
3.Check your tires’ tread depth and pressure: This time of year, the roads are likely to be slippery from moisture and fallen leaves. Having the right amount of tread could be the difference between you and a wreck. Examine your tires for remaining tread life, uneven wearing, and check the sidewalls for cuts and nicks. The “Lincoln Penny Test” is a simple way to give you an idea of how much life you have left in your tires.
4.Keep an eye on gas prices: Many times, gas prices will increase before holidays as millions of people hit the road. Make sure to keep an eye out for the best deals by using apps like GasBuddy. Don’t forget to check other fluid levels as well, such as oil, wiper fluid and coolant before the drive so you don’t miss out on Mom’s famous turkey and stuffing.
5.Have the right tires for cold weather conditions: We’re rapidly approaching the winter season, and depending on what type of vehicle you have, the tires you currently have may not be ideal for winter driving conditions. All-season tires have balanced capabilities and will operate well in light winter conditions. However, if you live in a climate that gets plenty of snow and ice, winter tires feature tread designs and rubber that stand up better to colder temperatures – providing you with enhanced braking performance and better vehicle control.