Ready to Travel for the Holidays?
Follow These Holiday Travel Tips from Big Sky Collision Center
The holiday season is fast approaching. Which means everyone is probably starting to work on their travel plans. And more people will be hitting the road to go to their respective travel destinations soon.
If you have trips planned, keep these tips in mind to ensure that your holiday travel (or travels) will be safe, pleasant, and memorable.
Before the trip…
Prepare your car
Have your car checked and serviced by a professional to ensure that everything is working properly. You wouldn’t want to risk ruining your vacation by having your car break down on the way to your destination, keeping you from starting your vacation at all.
Prepare everything you need for your trip, which includes yourself. Driving can be tiresome so be sure to get a good night’s rest before your departure. Make sure also that you know the directions to where you’re going, as well as the expected traffic and driving conditions. If you have uncertainties about your routes, the best time to ask for directions is before leaving, and not during the drive. You might want to bring a map too so in case your GPS fails, you won’t have to be stuck in the middle of nowhere.
Prepare your home
The excitement of going on vacation can be overwhelming. But don’t get so excited that you forget to properly secure your home before leaving. If you have timers for your lights, set them to turn on and off at specific hours to give the impression that someone’s home. It’s also a good idea to ask a neighbor to check on your house from time to time, especially if you’re going to be away for a number of days. And remember that it’s not advisable to let everyone know you’re going away, especially not on social media sites.
During the drive…
Focus on driving
Follow all traffic rules. This shouldn’t even have to be said because it’s one of the primary rules when driving. Drive defensively. Watch your speed. Don’t tailgate. Make turns carefully. And avoid distracted driving at all costs. That means put your cell phone down and just drive. But if you absolutely have to answer that call or send that text, ask someone else in the car to do it for you, or pull over at a safe stop before doing so.
Rest when you need to
Don’t force yourself to continue driving when you get tired or sleepy. Either ask someone else to drive first or if there’s no substitute driver, just make occasional stops so you can rest and recover.
Sure, the holidays can be stressful. And driving for long hours can make one cranky too. But that’s no excuse to become aggressive or unreasonable on the road. Instead of giving in to your stress, anxiety, frustration or irritation, remember to take deep breaths to keep yourself in check, stay away from accidents or unpleasant incidents, and keep your loved ones safe.
Upon reaching your destination…
You made it safely. Relax and enjoy your vacation. You deserve nothing less.
Big Sky Collision Center wants No Crashes
We understand that accidents happen. We are in the business of restoring your vehicle to factory safety standards if they do. But we wouldn’t wish an accident on anyone! Our goal is to have an accident free holiday season. Take the extra time to ensure that you arrive safely.
Before your trip, make sure your vehicle is nice and clean! A clean car is a safe car, and we provide auto detailing services to the Billings community. Give us a call at 406-259-6328 for more details or to schedule an appointment.