The holidays look different this year. Whether you’re staying home or driving to visit family, there are some things to keep in mind when hitting the road. As an update to my list from last year, here are seven tips for driving this holiday season.

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Prep Your Vehicle

Anytime you’re planning a trip, it’s important to make sure your vehicle is ready ahead of time. Always check that your tires are properly inflated and that the tread is still good. Also make sure all lights, wiper blades, fluid levels, etc. are in good working order.

Do a Deep Clean

We are all trying to be cautious when it comes to spreading germs. So this season is a great time to get your vehicle detailed and deep cleaned before heading to visit family. Check out my article from April for tips on keeping your vehicle germ free!

Be a Safe and Courteous Driver

Remember to be courteous and share the road safely. Watch out for other people on the road, especially motorcycles, cyclists and pedestrians. Drive the speed limit and use your blinker to indicate when you’re turning or changing lanes. And always remember to buckle up!

Avoid Peak Travel Times If Possible

The holidays are one of the busiest times of the year on the road. If you’re able to leave earlier and avoid peak travel time, you should. Fewer cars on the road equal less traffic and the chances of an accident.

Don’t Overload Your Car

Be mindful when packing your car. Overloading it with presents, food, etc. can obstruct your view of the road and increase your chances of an accident. Did you know overloading your car also affects fuel efficiency? For every additional 100 pounds in your car, your gas mileage can drop by 2%.

Check Weather and Road Conditions

While we don’t get icy weather too often in Austin, it’s important to be prepared just in case. Before heading out, check the weather and road conditions so you can try to be aware of anything unexpected ahead of time.

Don’t Drink and Drive

For your safety and the safety of others, never drink and drive, it’s not worth the risk. Period. Plan a sober driver ahead of time or call a taxi/Uber/Lyft.

From all of us at Roger Beasley Mazda, we wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday season! For any car needs, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 866.779.8409.



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