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Holiday Road Trip Safety Tips

Are you hitting the roads this holiday season? If so, the last thing we want for you is to miss your Christmas vacation or your holiday dinner because of an automotive breakdown. Before you pack the car to hit the busy roads, please make some preparations to make sure you and your loved ones make it to your destination safely.

Tip #1 - Get a Pre-Trip Inspection
Has it been a while since your last oil change service or brake service? We invite you to Mancinelli’s Auto Repair Center for a pre-trip inspection. We will take preventative measures to ensure you don’t experience mechanical issues over the holidays. Our team can change your motor oil and rotate your tires. We will ensure your vehicle gets everything it needs to combat any road hazards.

Tip #2 - Check the Weather Forecast
Speaking of hazards, the weather can be quite unpredictable depending on where you are traveling. Some parts of the US will see wet and even icy conditions over the holidays, so it is important that you prepare your vehicle for that. You should consider checking your wipers and tires during your pre-trip check. Additionally, plan your travel plans around any bad weather accordingly.

Tip #3 - Make a Packing List
What is a road trip without snacks, water, and phone chargers? To keep everyone recharged and entertained, you’ll need to remember the essentials. Plus, don’t forget the safety essentials for your car. Bring along a tire pressure gauge, a spare tire, lugged wrench, jack, flares, a flashlight, a first aid kit, multi-tool, jumper cables, and more.

Tip #4 - Practice Defensive Driving 
Defensive driving can save you from an accident. All it means is to stay alert and aware of your surroundings. Put away any distractions that may be taking your eyes off the road. And more importantly, give yourself some extra room between the car in front of you. 

When you implement these several tips, your holiday trip will be a successful one. If you are in need of a pre-trip inspection, please stop by Mancinelli’s Auto Repair Center today.

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