The holidays are a time for reunions, just like in Hallmark movies. You sing along to Christmas songs around the fireplace, share stories, and enjoy a cup of hot cocoa. But before you can get into all of that, you might want to think first of how you can get there.
Most of us travel by car, and it’s essential to be prepared during trips. After all, the icy road is treacherous. So here’s our reminders to make your journey safe and enjoyable!
Visit your trusted mechanic
Visiting your mechanic before the trip is crucial if you want to have a safe trip. They check the condition of your car, ensuring you won’t experience any breakdowns while on the road.
Your van’s check up will include inspecting parts such as the tires, brakes, and the engine. If repairs are needed, well, you should get it fixed before setting off!
Conduct regular maintenance
Another task on your holiday journey to-do list is to ensure your regular maintenance is completed. Has your oil been changed? Are the air filters replaced? How about the fluids? Have those been checked?
If you’ve marked these tasks off before you hit the road, you can ensure a smooth drive from your home to your destination.
Keep an emergency kit on hand
As much as we don’t want them to happen, emergencies still pop up once in a while. And it’s best if you’re prepared for any situation while you’re on the road.
You should always prepare a road trip emergency kit with you. This will include items such as a first aid kit, a flashlight, jumper cables, and tools. You can even carry a spare tire with you in case you get a flat tire halfway!
Safe driving equals a memorable journey. So you should always observe safe driving practices while on the road. Keep your hands off from your phone as you may get distracted. You should also wear your seat belt, and observe the speed limit no matter where you go.
Entertain the kids
I know! Long road trips can get really boring! So, you should always prepare some entertainment for your family along the way.
You can bring books, games, and gadgets along to keep the kids (and you!) busy. You can also create a playlist to get into the holiday spirit. Sing along and enjoy!
Stop, breathe, and take a rest
You may get tired from driving. So it’s best that you take breaks and rest. Go ahead, step out of your car and stretch those legs! You can also eat your packed snacks like sandwiches and fruit while admiring the beauty of the scenery. Either way, you get to relax your mind, and you can get ready again once you’re back on the road.
Address van troubles properly
Staying calm will always help you in case of car troubles. If you’re having issues during your trip, pull over so you can assess the situation.
But don’t forget to turn on your hazard lights! The winter can affect road visibility which can lead to accidents!
If you think you can handle the issue yourself, use your emergency kit to fix it. If not, you may want to go to the nearest mechanic. If you’re unfamiliar with the area, simply look up “van repair” online and use your handy dandy navigation app!
Traveling can be a stressful endeavor if you’re unprepared. When you follow our tips and tricks, you can ensure a memorable road trip for you and your family!