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Make sure your car is prepped for your holiday travel


If you’re hitting the road for the holidays, preparing your vehicle for the trip will help make it a smooth ride.

Before taking off, do a quick check of your headlights, brake lights, wipers and turn signals. Tire pressure may change during the winter, so be sure to follow your manufacturer’s guidelines before inflating your tires.

Drivers should consider switching from all-season tires to winter tires for better grip out on the roads. Remember to remove them once the season is over and properly store them for the next winter.

Check your battery and make sure it hasn’t been impacted by the dropping temperatures before beginning the journey. Gas and diesel engines use more power to start, and electric and hybrid vehicles experience reduced range in the colder months.

When it comes to fluids, they may thicken, especially your oil. Consider changing your oil filter.

The U.S. Department of Transportation reminds drivers that roads can be slick this time of year. Be sure to give yourself enough distance when driving to avoid slamming on the brakes.

It’s always a good idea to have an emergency kit in your vehicle.



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