The holidays are here and we kicked off the season with a Thanksgiving holiday road trip to my in-laws home in Pensacola. Of course we made the short drive to the beach while we were there. 73 degrees is warm enough for a beach day, right?
We’re back home now where it’s rainy and cold (boo) but you can have safe and pleasant holiday travels thanks to the road trip checklist below that includes tips from Jiffy Lube® and from me! Jiffy Lube® is committed to helping individuals prepare for the road ahead so they can Leave Worry Behind® this holiday season.
Holiday Road Trip Checklist
Let it Flow: Check the levels of all vital fluids, including motor oil, coolant, transmission fluid and windshield wiper fluid, and top-off, or change fluids, as needed. Motor oil does more than just lubricate moving parts. In colder temperatures, it keeps the engine from freezing, too.
Maintain a Clear View: Make sure your headlights, taillights, turn signals, parking lights and license plate lights are all working properly. Replace any bulbs that may have burned out and consider getting lights cleaned to remove haze and clarify the lenses for better visibility during night driving.
Keep ‘Kit’ Together: Be sure that you have a car emergency kit in your trunk for any unforeseeable car issues that may arise during your trip. Kits should include a flashlight, jumper cables, batteries, electrical tape, a rain poncho, a reflective safety vest and an emergency blanket. Drivers should also pack a medical kit equipped with band aids, gauze, alcohol antiseptic pads, insect bit relief and any necessary medications.
Carry Cash: Maybe this is something you make a habit of anyway, but Hubs and I both rely heavily on plastic instead of cash. This has gotten me into trouble at toll plazas during previous trips! Make sure you carry at least a little cash to save yourself some embarrassment or inconvenience.
Plan Travel Time Wisely: This is an especially important holiday travel tip. If possible, choose to leave your destination earlier or later than is popular. With fewer motorists on the road, your actual travel time will be reduced, your risk of accidents decrease, and the driver will be less stressed. For example, we choose to travel on Thanksgiving morning rather than leaving on Wednesday afternoon or evening after work when most people depart for their Thanksgiving trip. We still made it in plenty of time for turkey and pie…and cheesecake.
The interstate is usually packed during our return the following Sunday, so this year we traveled on Saturday instead. What a difference it made!
Bring a Map: Yes, an actual map. Maps are so 1995, I know, but hear me out. Few things are more stressful on a trip than hearing “lost satellite reception” from your GPS while trying to navigate an unfamiliar route. Half the time your phone will have lost its signal as well due to your location. An good old-fashioned road map takes up very little space and can save you time and hassle. Don’t leave home without one, especially if you’ll be traveling through any rural areas during your road trip!
From oil changes to tire rotations, the Jiffy Lube® highly trained technicians help keep you out of the repair shop and on the road. Jiffy Lube® is encouraging drivers to keep their vehicles in top shape and plan ahead for busy holiday travel in an effort to Leave Worry Behind® and optimize valuable time with loved ones
What holiday travel tips would you add to this road trip checklist?