If you have time, get a quick winter tune-up including an oil change and cooling system flush. Make sure your windshield wipers are all functioning properly and don’t have any nicks or rubber separating. Make sure to top up your windshield washer fluid so you don’t get caught on an icy highway with a dirty windshield.
If time does not allow for a tune-up, at least check your fluids to make sure you’re topped up.
How to Check Your Oil…
Remove the dipstick and wipe it clean. Always check your oil when your engine is cold. The location of the oil dipstick depends on whether your vehicle is a rear-wheel or front-wheel drive.
Look at the oil on the end of the stick. There will be markings on the dipstick for ‘add’ and ‘full’. This will help you determine if you need to add oil or not. Also check the consistency of the oil, if it is gritty and black or smells like gas, you should take the time to get that oil change before your road trip.
Tip: Look for the separate oil cap for filling as it does not fill where the dipstick goes! Also, different vehicles use different oil, so make sure you fill with the right type of oil for your car or truck.
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2. Always Have an Emergency Safety Pack On-Board!
Although we all hope that our holiday road trips are safe and without any troubles, sometimes life just happens. Make sure you dress warm and have a preparedness pack in the car with emergency supplies just in case events have you roadside for any length of time. Must haves to include in your pack…
- First Aid Kit
- Flashlight and new batteries
- Bottled water and dried snacks for each passenger
- Warm blankets
- Pocket knife or seatbelt cutter
- Lighter and matches
- Extra windshield washer fluid
- Small shovel
- Snow brush or scraper
3. Double Map It!
We don’t recommend relying solely on maps, GPS or navigation systems. If you are using a GPS, have your cell phone pre-routed in case you have any technical difficulties. And in the event of signal failure or any unforeseen tech catastrophe, always make sure that you have an actual old school paper map. Yes, a paper map! You can still get them at most gas stations, grocery and convenience stores. That way you’re covered and can get to where you’re headed with no major navigational setbacks.
4. Know What’s What and Where it’s at.
Do some route research prior to your trip. It’s amazing what a quick search can turn up. Know where things are on your route like rest stops, gas stations, restaurants, coffee shops and even some landmarks or must see sights along the way.
Wishing you and your families safe and happy travels this Christmas Holiday. From your friends at Mills.
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