Prepare your vehicle for Holiday Travel-4th of July

Prepare your vehicle for Holiday Travel-4th of July

Prepare Your Vehicle for Holiday Travel

Many families hit the road during the holidays Weekend, and your family may be part of the traffic heading out of town. Here are some helpful tips to make your Independence Day Weekend fun and safe, prepare your vehicle for safe holiday travel, and get you out of a roadside emergency on the 4th of July weekend.

Before going on a road trip, it is best to inspect your vehicle for potential issues that may leave you stranded. Get you car inspected by a quality repair shop. Sprint Motorsports will be happy to do perform a safety inspection if you call 408-831-3730 or email service@sprint-motorsports.com for your vehicle’s next appointment and mention this blog. Your safety is a priority and we would be honored to have the opportunity to make sure your vehicle is hazard-free.

Preparing You for Holiday Travel

When traveling to your Holiday destination, give yourself plenty of time for the trip. Experts recommend that people leave as early as possible on Friday, the day before the Holiday weekend, to beat the evening traffic. If you’re not able to leave early on Friday, then consider leaving after rush hour has ended. Instead of hitting the roads right after work, go home, have dinner and relax for a little bit. This will help you refresh and refuel before you head out on your big trip. Giving yourself some time to unwind before you head out on the road will help alleviate any potential road rage or aggression brought on by holiday traveling and stress.

Round trip Travel vs. Extended Holiday Stays

According to America on the Go, a publication of the National Household Travel Survey (NHTS), about half of holiday travelers make same-day trips without spending the night for Holiday. Only about 35 percent of travelers stay overnight during the 4th of July weekend, with most stays averaging one to three nights. During the Christmas/New Year’s holidays, that average increases to almost four nights.

Holiday Travel Safety and Emergency Car Tips

With so many Americans traveling round trip on Holiday Day, travel safety is a great concern for many. So to help keep you and your loved ones safe. We offer these Holiday Day travel tips.

Pack an emergency road kit in case of a breakdown or accident. Make sure to include a flashlight, shovel, first aid kit, flares, zip ties, pen, and paper. Also pack a set of basic tools, including Duct tape (Duct tape is handy for ruptured/leaking water hoses), metric sockets of 1/4″ and  3/8” drive and ratchets; metric wrenches from 6mm – 19 mm; small- medium size crescent wrench, wheel removal tools, pliers, snips, phillips #2 screwdriver; #2 flat tip screwdriver, jumper cables; a small lithium battery jumper pack kit, and don’t forget extra water.  All of this should fit in a small canvas bag. Make sure to have a copy of your car insurance card in your glove box and/or wallet/purse. Don’t forget to pack your cell phone, Bluetooth, and car charger—you never know if you are going to get caught in traffic or stranded. Buckle up and watch your speed! Law enforcement will be out in full force during the holiday, so make sure to take your time getting to your destination, and be sure to buckle up—it can help save your life! Fuel up, don’t fill up. During the holidays, people tend to overeat, causing many to become sleepy. If you have a long trip home, make sure to give your food plenty of time to digest and fill up your travel mug with some coffee. If you know you will be traveling late, try putting a peppermint or cinnamon air freshener in your car. Studies suggest that the smell of peppermint or cinnamon may help drivers stay alert while traveling.

Note: The tools mentioned should help you service and perform basic emergency roadside repairs that will help you get to the next service station stop for most BMW, Audi, VW, Lexus, Toyota, Porsche, Mercedes, and most other modern vehicles.

Travel Statistics

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Traffic Safety Facts, July 4th is one of the months with the highest car crash severity. According to the NHTSA, November had 554,000 total crashes, 3160 resulting in fatality and 150,000 resulting in injury. In addition, the holiday period is one of the most deadly periods of the year, with an average of 570 deaths—something to think about as you head to your 4th of July destination. While it is important to practice good driving habits and follow the speed limit, you can’t always control the behavior of the drivers around you. However, you should still take extra precautions while driving this 4th of July Holiday.

Sprint Motorsports is here to serve you and your vehicle. Call us at 408-831-3730 for your vehicle’s next appointment. You will receive a FREE automobile safety inspection if you mention this post.