Holiday Road Trip Safety Tips

This year 100.5 million travelers are expected to travel on average 50 miles from home.                 (via 

Of these 100.5 million travelers, 90.8% are expected to travel via car as opposed to plane or train. As you are planning your holiday travel, we encourage you to review these safety tips to ensure your family arrives to your destination(s) safely.


Don’t wait until the last minute to make sure your car is safe for travel. If you find that your vehicle needs a repair, contact a trusted mechanic to fix the issues before you leave. Don’t risk breaking down along the side of the highway – depending on your route, a repair service may be several miles away, which can severely delay their response. Be sure you have a winter emergency kit put together and on-hand. Your kit should include battery-powered radio and flashlight, extra batteries, jumper cables, a fire extinguisher, water, nonperishable food, first-aid kit, maps, and a spare tire. When preparing your kit for the winter you need to include these additional items:

  • Blankets and/or additional clothing
  • Kitty litter, salt, or sand to help with traction
  • Ice scraper
  • Small shovel
  • Extra windshield fluid


Having your vehicle inspected before a long drive through the harsh winter weather is the best thing you can do to help ensure a safe arrival. When having a winter inspection done on your vehicle, be sure to have the following checked:

  • Heaters, defrosters, and wipers
  • Battery charging system for optimum performance
  • Tire tread & tire pressure
  • Brakes
  • Exhaust system
  • Exterior & interior lights
  • Oil & oil filter

Keeping your gas tank at least half full will decrease the chances of the gas line freezing.


When traveling this holiday season, plan out your route as well as alternate route to take in case of an accident. If you’re traveling longer distances than you normally do, think about booking a hotel at a midway point. Rest areas that are located right off the highway are a great place to stop, stretch your legs, or catch a short nap. Also, keep your cell phone fully charged in case of an emergency.

Preparing, preventing, and planning in advance of your holiday travels should help avoid car troubles, allowing you to get to your destination safely. Happy holidays!


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Updated 4/26/2018