Top 10 Holiday Driving Safety Tips for Austin Drivers
Are you and your family planning on a holiday road trip this season? With more traffic on the roads and unpredictable weather, safety is a high priority for families on the go. Keep your family safe this Thanksgiving and Christmas with these top 10 holiday driving safety tips for Austin drivers. Make safety a priority this season and get behind the wheel of the 2019 Honda Pilot today at Howdy Honda!
1. Check Tires and Fluids
Make sure to check the wear and tear on your tires and fluid levels before you hit the road this season. Double check oil levels, windshield wiper fluid, radiator fluid, transmission fluid, power steering fluid and brake fluid.
2. Plan Your Route
Plan ahead for holiday travel with the integrated Honda navigation system or GPS mobile applications like Waze or Google Maps. With these applications, you can avoid traffic backups and accidents.
3. Plan Stops on the Way
A long trip will wear you out in a hurry and cooped-up kids can cause chaos in the backseat. Make sure to plan rest stops along the way for bathroom breaks, food and snacks or fun distractions that will make the miles go by faster.
4. Keep Valuables Locked Up
If you are traveling with valuables, make sure to keep them secure – locked in the trunk, locked in a glove compartment or covered in the rear cargo area. This will keep your valuables out of sight of prying eyes when you stop along the way.
5. Have an Emergency Plan
Accidents happen on holiday road trips, from flat tires and empty gas tanks to keys locked in your car and minor fender benders. Have roadside assistance contact information on hand in case you need help on your next road trip.
6. Pack Snacks, Games and Movies
Hours on end in a car can get boring. Make sure to pack snacks and games on your next road trip to keep passengers distracted. Families who have the Honda Odyssey rear entertainment system or a portable DVD player will want to remember some movies for the road.
7. Don’t Drive on Empty
Do not risk running out of fuel in the middle of nowhere this holiday season. When you get to a quarter tank of fuel, it is important to start looking for a gas station along your route – you never know how far away the next stop might be.
8. Keep an Eye on the Weather
When you hit the road for Thanksgiving or Christmas this year, make sure to keep a weather eye open. Do not risk travel in extreme weather, your safety is more important than a fast arrival time. Mobile weather apps can help you know what lies ahead.
9. Stay Focused
It can be difficult to stay focused on long road trips. When your focus wavers, accidents will happen. Keep your focus on the road and off your phone and switch drivers along the way, so you can stay fresh and focused.
10. Drive Defensively
Always be aware of what other drivers are doing on the road. Keep your family safe this holiday season with defensive driving tactics and always be ready for someone ahead of you to do something unexpected.
Make safety a priority this Thanksgiving and Christmas with this list of top 10 holiday driving safety tips for Austin drivers. Armed with these quick tips and tricks from Howdy Honda, you can upgrade family safety on your next road trip. Visit the Howdy Honda inventory today to find a Honda car, truck or crossover that is perfect for your next family adventure!