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Monday, December 13, 2010

Prepare yourself for holiday travels

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Before heading out this holiday season, make sure you prepare yourself and your car.  Emergencies happen all the time.  Being prepared only makes the hassle that much easier.  Here are some things I recommend trying.

 ALWAYS keep an emergency kit in your car.  This should contain things like blankets, flashlights, water, band aids, flares, jumper cables, etc.  If your car should break down in the middle of winter, having these things handy will help ease some of the stress.

Make sure all your fluids are topped off.  This will only take up a small amount of your time and will protect your car from having any of them freezing.  The same things go for your gas tank.  My mom has this rule that keeping your gas tank below 1/4 is a no no.  This can freeze your gas line, which could end up costing you an arm and a leg to fix.

Make sure your tires have the correct amount of air in them.  This will help prevent slipping and sliding on those ice filled roads.  Having the proper amount of pressure will also deter your tires from becoming flat when hitting pot holes.  More importantly, it will save you gas.      

These of course are just a few of the many tips that are out there.  I recommend doing a little research on your car to see what exactly you can do to make your holiday travels safer.  But more importantly, don't forget a snow scrapper and shovel.  Nothings worse than being stuck on the road with no one to help you.  These to items can help in the most stressful situations, so make sure you always have them handy.   

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