Do you have friends and family to travel to this holiday season? Don’t let holiday stress and congested roadways wear you down. Winner Ford Cherry Hill has put together a few safety tips and reminders to help you out, so you can focus on spending time with your family.

Pre-Trip Check

Holidays put a lot more than turkey and stuffing on our plates. Before it’s time to take your holiday road trip, make sure your vehicle is up for the drive. When the temperature outside begins to drop, so does the pressure in your tires. Did you know per 10 degree Fahrenheit drop, your tires can lose 1 PSI. For your vehicle’s correct PSI, check your owners manual and make sure your tires have enough pressure before you leave. Properly inflated tires not only provide better traction, but it also prevents a flat tire. 

Do you remember when the last time was your vehicle had an oil change? If it’s been longer than six months or 5,000 miles, it’s better to play it safe and change it before you take any long trips. The last thing you want getting between you and your Thanksgiving plate is a seized engine. If your schedule is too busy with the holidays to take care of an oil change yourself, Winner Ford Cherry Hill’s service team will be more than happy to help you out!

Driving Amongst the Hustle and Bustle 

Everyone’s excited to get to their Thanksgiving dinner, see friends and family, and let the kids clamor out of the backseat, but we all have to share the roadways getting there. Make sure to keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you and not to tailgate. Respecting other drivers on the road will allow everyone to get to their family safe and sound. Make sure to save the conversation for the dinner table and don’t text and drive. Distractions are all around us while we’re driving, but staying alert, checking blind-spots, and using turn signals prevent unnecessary accidents.

Travel Day and Inclement Weather

Thanksgiving day arrives rain, snow, or shine. No matter the weather, make sure you’re prepared. Windshield wiper blades should be replaced about once a year. Make sure yours are working optimally if there is rain or snow in the forecast. If you do happen to run into some inclement weather, remember to drive appropriately for the conditions. Reduce your speed by ? if driving in rain, and reduce your speed by ½ or more if driving on snow covered roads. Not every vehicle is equipped with all-wheel drive or handles the same in inclement weather. Be sure to leave plenty of space between you and the car in front so you have time to react accordingly.

Tired From Turkey

If you’re feeling sleepy after eating how many helpings of turkey and pie, take a nap or grab some coffee for the drive. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimated that drowsy driving caused 7,200 crash in 2013. Keep your family safe this holiday season and drive alert. For more holiday driving tips, sign up for Winner Ford Cherry Hill’s notifications.

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