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4 Ways To Stay Safe In Holiday Traffic

By Weyo

As we gear up for another festive holiday season, we must revisit the safety measures we take on the road. Last year, we shared essential tips to keep you safe during the winter months, but in 2023, we're updating our advice with more tips to ensure you have a secure and enjoyable journey.

Vehicle Maintenance: A Yearly Ritual
While last year's advice emphasized servicing your vehicle, this year, we want to stress the importance of making vehicle maintenance a yearly ritual. Regular check-ups, including oil changes, tire inspections, and ensuring all lights are functional, are essential for a trouble-free holiday road trip. Don't procrastinate; schedule your maintenance well in advance to avoid any unexpected breakdowns.

Technology to the Rescue: Use Navigation Apps Wisely
Planning your route remains a top priority, but this year, leverage the power of technology to enhance your navigation experience. Use real-time traffic updates from navigation apps to avoid congestion and unforeseen roadblocks. Stay ahead of the game by checking for alternative routes, and remember, a well-planned journey is a safer journey.

Adapting to Winter Roads: Beyond Common Sense
Driving slowly and carefully on winter roads was common sense advice last year, but let's delve deeper this time. Equip your vehicle with winter tires for enhanced traction, and consider investing in antilock brakes for better control. Additionally, brush up on winter driving techniques, such as proper braking and steering into skids, to boost your confidence on slippery surfaces.

Expand Your Emergency Preparedness: More Than Just Snacks
Last year's emergency preparedness advice still stands, but this year, we're expanding the scope. In addition to blankets, snacks, water, and a first-aid kit, consider adding a portable phone charger, a flashlight, and extra warm clothing. Ensure your emergency kit is not only comprehensive but also tailored to the specific challenges of winter travel.

Visit Us At CARSTAR Robert's!
As we update our holiday travel tips for 2023, our goal remains unchanged: to keep you and your loved ones safe on the road. Incorporate these new tips into your travel preparations, and enjoy a stress-free journey during this joyous season. Safe travels! Please schedule
an appointment with us today, and see what makes us so unique in the Monterey community!

Holiday Traffic Is Here

The holiday season is a time for family, friends, and fun. But all that traffic on the roads means it's also a time when accidents happen. In fact, statistics show that more accidents happen during the winter months than at any other time of year. So what can you do to stay safe on the road this holiday season?

4 Tips To Keep You Safe On The Road This Holiday Season 

  1. Service Your Vehicle - Make sure your car is in good working condition before you hit the road. This means getting an oil change, checking your tires, and ensuring all your lights are working properly. Don't wait until the last minute to get your car serviced—if you do, you may end up stranded on the side of the road.
  2. Plan Your Route - Before you start driving, take some time to map out your route. This way, you'll know exactly where you're going, and you won't have to make any sudden turns or lane changes. Planning your route will also help you avoid traffic jams and construction zones.
  3. Drive Slowly & Carefully - This may seem like common sense, but it's important to remember that winter roads can be slippery and dangerous. Take your time when driving, and be sure to leave plenty of space between you and the car in front of you. And if you do start to slide, don't panic—just ease off the gas pedal and steer into the skid until you regain control of your vehicle.
  4. Prepare for Emergencies - No one likes to think about getting stranded in a snowstorm, but it's always better to be safe than sorry. So before you hit the road, pack an emergency kit with items like blankets, snacks, water, and a first-aid kit. And make sure your cell phone is fully charged so you can call for help if needed.

Visit Your Trusted Collision Repair Center

The holidays are a fun time of year, but accidents happen. If you need help with your vehicle and want it to look brand new again. Visit your trusted collision repair center of choice and have them help you get ready for the holiday season in style.

Make CARSTAR Robert's Collision in Monterey, CA, your go-to collision repair shop for all collision & detail-related services! Please schedule an appointment with us today, and see what makes us so unique in the Monterey community!


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