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The holiday season is an exciting time of year filled with celebration and spending quality time with our loved ones. Millions of people will travel this holiday season, and with more drivers comes more stress on the road. With this in mind, we wanted to provide you with five tips on how to keep safe while traveling this holiday season. 

Holiday Driving Tips

Make sure your car is operating properly

Before you even back your car out of the driveway, you’ll want to make sure that it’s up-to-date on any routine maintenance: all fluids, brakes, tire pressure and condition, battery, windshield wipers, etc. If you think that your trip is going to include wintry precipitation, you might even want to change your car’s tires for better traction. 

Pack a winter survival kit

In a pinch, you’ll be glad you did this. Find a big, transparent container with a sealable lid, and pack it with essentials you can use if you’re pulled over in white-out conditions. Essentials can include: cell phone chargers, jumper cables, LED flashlights, warm clothes and a blanket, hand and feet warmers, a first aid kit, an emergency toolkit, etc.  

Drive slowly

Safely driving on snow-and-ice covered roads requires you to slowly and patiently merge, stop, turn, accelerate, and decelerate. If it’s a longer trip, add a “safety buffer” of time when calculating your estimated travel time . Never speed to make up for lost time while driving in wintry weather. 

Drive defensively

On top of making sure to keep things at a relaxed pace, you should constantly be checking your surroundings on the road. You can eliminate distractions even further by configuring your ideal climate control and mirror setups before you begin driving. Finally, cement your focus on the road by restraining your use of electronic devices, excluding GPS. 

Plan your route

Before you depart, make sure you’ve fully scoped out your intended route for any possible road closures or disruptions that may impact your ability to travel safely. Additionally, make sure you have a clear idea of any alternative routes you can take to get to your destination. 

While using GPS is recommended, take a physical map just in case you’re in situations where using GPS isn’t feasible. Also, if the forecasted weather for your route looks dicey, consider postponing or canceling your plans.  

Stay Safe in and Outside of Seattle, WA

Whether you’re driving across the country or just down the block, you’ll want to be driving a car that will get you and your passengers to your destination safe and sound. Come down to our showroom in Fife, Washington, and let a member of our team show you around our impressive inventory of used vehicles.