Gary Barbera’s Holiday Driving Tips: What to Know Before You Go

Gary Barbera’s Holiday Driving Tips: What to Know Before You Go

Driving to your holiday destination can be pretty stressful. There’s more traffic, the roads can get super slippery and there are more and more distracted drivers. Whether you’re driving up to the Poconos for a relaxing winter vacation or you’re heading to visit your family and friends for the holiday, Gary Barbera has got you covered this holiday season. Before you pack up the car and hit the road, Gary has some tips to get your car ready for the winter weather.

Get your vehicle road-ready!

Your car should be in tip top shape before hitting the road. Don’t forget to check your oil, windshield wiper fluid, tire pressure and test your battery. Before leaving, make sure your wiper blades are in good shape. Now that winter is in full swing, a good set of wiper blades will help increase visibility, especially in snowy weather. If you think your oil levels are low or your battery needs to be changed get your vehicle serviced at Gary Barbera’s Autoland before leaving to avoid any problems along the way.

Plan your route

Make sure you’ve planned your trip accordingly. Check for construction or road closures along the way in case you need to plan another route. It’s helpful to check the weather ahead of time so you are aware of what type of weather conditions you’ll be driving through. If the weather conditions are severe, you may want to

Keep the Kids Distracted

When the kids are yelling in the back, it’s time to bring out the distractions. One of the best ways to stay focused on the road is by keeping your kids distracted. Bring fun books, games and DVDs – whatever will keep them comfortable and prevent them from taking your attention off the road. Don’t forget the snacks! Holiday road trips aren’t the same without snacks, so be sure to bring snacks that the kids will enjoy.

Be Prepared

Winter driving can be tricky when you’re driving on snow- and ice-covered roads. When visibility is low, and the roads are slippery, your best bet is to go slow, give yourself plenty of space between other cars on the road and be patient! Getting frustrated can make for a long and unhappy drive.

Stay focused

Did you know distracted driving is one of the leading causes of traffic accidents? One of the best ways to stay focused is giving your passenger the GPS so you can keep your eyes on the road. Be on the lookout for drivers who are operating their vehicle erratically. This could be due to distracted driving or the influence of alcohol.

The holidays are meant to be spent with friends and loved ones, but it’s important to get to your destination safely. Gary Barbera wants to make sure your car is ready for winter conditions and the games and snacks are packed for the road! If your car needs to be serviced before you leave, stop into Barbera Autoland today!