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Don’t Let Winter Travel Problems Spoil Your Merry Christmas

The consumer advocacy publication Consumer Reports offers a variety of tips for safe travel at Christmas time.

  • Have a full tank of gas before you leave.
  • Check your fluids and tire pressure and make adjustments if necessary.
  • Bring a winter emergency kit that includes a flashlight, blankets, a first aid kit, some basic tools, water, snacks, an ice scraper and snowbrush, a towrope, jumper cables and sand or kitty litter (for traction if you get stuck).
  • Pack lightly and don’t overload your car. Also be sure to pack properly so your cargo is not a hazard.
  • Use a portable or built-in GPS system to get where you are going and to find restaurants, gas stations and even lodging along the way. Some devices warn of roadway congestion and accidents, but don’t rely solely on your GPS as they can make errors. Always carry maps and other navigation resources in your car.
  • Pack plenty of snacks, water, games, videos and music to keep children occupied.
  • If you are traveling with pets, make sure you have plenty of food and water and that they are properly secured. Animals can be a distraction and even a danger if you are in an accident.
  • Expect travel delays and be patient.
  • Avoid distractions like cell phones, eating, pets or loud music. If you have to make a call or send a text, pull off to the side of the road.
  • Always wear your seatbelt and make sure that your passengers do, as well.
  • Know the weather forecast and be prepared for bad weather.
  • Clear snow and ice from your vehicle before heading out.
  • Allow for longer braking distances and reduce your speed in bad weather.

The best advice for everyone traveling at Christmas is to remain patient and follow some basic safety precautions. Not everyone will be as concerned with safety as you are, so remember to practice defensive driving at all times. And be sure to contact us if you would like to review your auto insurance coverage before your trip. Merry Christmas!

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