Prepping for Holiday Road Trips

Hi All, Rico here!

 

It goes without saying, but I'm gonna say it.

 

A big reason that we are in business is because of the need for auto body work in West Seattle. This, of course, is a result of fender benders and accidents with vehicles. And we definitely appreciate that you, our customer, trust us with your cars after these accidents!

Annnnd....

Precious cargo

At the same time, we want for you to be safe; both while driving and in arriving at your final destination. As the holidays approach, more and more people will be hitting the road to visit family and friends.

 

That means more cars on the road, longer distances traveled, and in turn more chances for an accident. So, we wanted to arm you with some safe driving practices before you hit the road this holiday season.

 

Be prepared.

  • Are you anticipating icy or snowy roads? Bring chains! (Make sure you know how to use them before you hit the road.)
  • When is the last time you had your car serviced? Make sure you’re up to date on all service needs. (Think oil, brakes/hoses, battery, tires & antifreeze fluid.)
  • Do you have a pack of safety items? Put one together! (Think flashlight, blanket, water, flares, etc.)

 

Plan your route ahead of time.

Plan ahead for the best route possible. This could mean the shortest route, or possibly a longer route that might avoid major traffic or bad weather conditions. Either way, be prepared for what that route might bring.

 

Get some sleep.

I know, it sounds so basic! Being well rested is so important for a long trek. It helps you to be on top of your game and be able to be alert and have quicker responses times. We all know those yawns and heavy eyes that come after a restless night—and they’re not safe when operating a vehicle. (Especially on longer trips!)

 

Relax.

Especially when planning a long trip, it’s important to try to stay as relaxed as possible. No, we’re not talking about kicking your feet up and zoning out. Loosen those shoulders up, take deep breaths, and make sure you’re in a healthy head/body space for the long trek.

 

All of these things will start you off on the best possible foot for your long trips over the holidays. Of course, these are good things to be mindful of even outside of the holiday season! We're here if or when you need us.... just take a little time to make sure you’re all set before you set out for festive fun this year!