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Tips to Prepare Your Car for the Holidays

Dec 20, 2013

With the busy holiday season upon us, it is likely that you and your family will be spending more time behind the wheel. With everything from multiple shopping trips to family gatherings, your vehicle is going to get its fair share of use.

To help make the most of your time during the holidays, here are a few quick tips designed to prepare your car for the holidays and provide it with the attention it deserves:

Make use of your space

Depending on your vehicle of choice, space is likely a premium regardless of the time of year. Having a clean trunk to transport gifts, and luggage will ensure a less stressful time in the car during the holidays. Keep the trunk clean and remove non-essentials out of the car. The last thing you want to find yourself doing is playing Tetris with gifts in your trunk.

Jump ahead of your service schedule

Another way to prepare your car for the holidays is with a maintenance check-up. If your next OIL change and/or service date is just around the corner, consider going in early to save yourself some time. This way, you will be able to steer clear of busy dealerships and service centers that might just be overbooked due to customers being on holiday break.

Keep your fuel and fluids at full

The final tip for preparing your car for the holidays is a quality tip for general winter driving: do not ride on empty. Anti-freeze, windshield wiper fluid and gas should remain full whenever possible. By keeping fluids topped off and staying above a quarter tank of gas at all times, you can avoid delays or, worse yet, costly vehicle problems.

The holidays can be a stressful time, regardless of how much you have going on. Taking a little extra time to prepare your car for the holidays can help reduce the potential for problems and keep your car, and family, moving this winter.