PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) — Travel traffic for Thanksgiving is expected to reach pre-pandemic levels, with most people taking to the road rather than flying.
According to AAA, 54.6 million people plan to travel about 50 miles or more, which is a 1.5% increase from 2021. Here are just a few safety tips for your upcoming road trips so you don’t get stuck stuck or stuck this season, as suggested by Neighborhood Auto Repair Professionals.
- Check those heads, tails and turn signals!
- Make sure your windshield wipers are in good condition, so that you don’t get streaks on your windshield
- Make sure you have a full tank of solvent-based windshield washer fluid if you plan to go to cooler areas where ice or frost may be on your windshield
- The life of a car battery in Arizona is about 3 years, so be sure to have it checked or replaced at the very least
- As the temperature drops, your tire pressure light will probably come on. Make sure your tires are nice and full!
- Research by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has shown that heat ages tires more quickly. Cracks, bulges and worn tread can cause serious problems
- Summer in the Valley and the monsoon go hand in hand, forcing dust, debris and all sorts of other gunk through your car’s air filters
- Consider cleaning them to improve your fuel economy, the breath quality in your vehicle and the smell of your car
Cold weather and snow
- Check the quality of your snow chains. Are your snow chains in good condition?
- Test the air in your spare tire
- If you have a 4 wheel drive that you haven’t used over the summer, make sure it engages and disengages and that other drivers in your home know how to use it
- To prevent freezing, aim for a 50-50 mix of antifreeze (coolant) and water in your radiator.
- Consider having a professional check your coolant levels, pH balance, and electrolysis in your vehicle
- Check your gas and keep it filled with quality gasoline so your gas lines don’t freeze
Once you’ve tackled car maintenance for the season, don’t forget to pack some emergency/survival supplies in case something goes wrong on your trip. It never hurts to be prepared.
- Blanket, boots, gloves and extra clothes
- Mobile phone, charging cable and a backup power pack
- Extra water and food, including hard candies
- Ice scraper and a small shovel
- Flashlight with fresh batteries
- Flares and/or reflectors
- Jumper cables
- Tire gauge, spare wheel and tire changing equipment
- first aid kit
- A bag of sand, salt, or non-clumping kitty litter for traction if the tires get stuck in the snow.
With inflation, we all want to save some money when it comes to fuel and fuel efficiency with our vehicles. Some tips from the experts on how to best maximize your gallons include: slow down, avoid sudden starts and stops, remove unnecessary weight from your car, check your air filters, turn off your engine when parked, use your cruise control as often as possible, check your tires when you fill up and stay on top of your car’s maintenance as much as possible so you’re on top of all vehicle breakdowns.
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