BBB Tips for Avoiding the Holiday Travel Headache

December 19, 2011

The holidays are a time of cheer, but they can also be a time for battling traffic and bad weather on the road. Staying safe should be a top priority for all travelers so Better Business Bureau® recommends taking a few precautions when hitting the road this holiday.

Create a car safety kit. Holiday driving often includes the threat of dangerous winter weather. Snow and ice lead to accidents, car troubles, long delays and road closures. You can prepare for bad weather by creating your own safety kit. Basics for the kit include blankets, flashlight with extra batteries, radio, first aid kit, jumper cables, nonperishable foods, bottled water, an ice scraper and warm gloves.

Take the car in for a checkup. Breaking down on the side of the road can put a damper on your holiday spirit. If your car is due for a checkup, take it in before making that long haul. At the very least, check the car’s fluid levels, wipers and tire pressure. Check the condition of your tires and, if you plan on driving through serious winter weather, consider getting snow tires. 

Take BBB with you. When you’re away from home or in the midst of an emergency, it’s hard to know which businesses – such as tow trucks and locksmiths – you can trust. The good news is you can now rely on BBB’s mobilized website or the BBB iPhone App. for finding businesses you can trust.

Start early and slow down. The best way to fight holiday traffic is to give yourself extra time to make the trip and don’t speed. (Getting a speeding ticket adds travel time and puts a dent in your holiday travel budget).

Drop the distractions. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, drivers who use hand-held devices are four times as likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves. When you’re behind the wheel, don’t text and drive, use a hands-free headset when talking on the phone, and get someone else to fumble with the GPS.

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