The holidays are officially upon us, and that means a lot of exciting festivities, gatherings, shopping, and road trips to visit loved ones. It also means an increase in vehicles on the road and, unfortunately, a higher risk of car accidents.
Whether you drive the latest model or a winter beater, now is the perfect time to read up on driving tips to keep you and your family safe on Evansville roads this holiday season.
Check Your Vehicle Maintenance List Twice
First and foremost, ensure your vehicle has undergone proper maintenance checks, especially if you’re driving a used car. Responsible used car dealerships like Edge Autosports do their best to ensure vehicles are in excellent condition before listing them for sale. If you’ve recently purchased your vehicle from us, take advantage of our extended warranty to cover repairs if your vehicle qualifies.
Before heading out on that road trip, have an oil change, test the lights, check your tire pressure and windshield wipers, and top up all your fluids.
Secure Your Vehicle
While the holidays are supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year, it’s also peak season for car theft and break-ins. Criminals are in search of expensive gifts left in vehicles and will often do anything to get to them, including smashing windows and breaking through car doors. The last thing you want during the holiday season is to find your car broken into.
Keep valuables hidden and gifts in the trunk, and make sure to keep your doors locked. We recommend installing an alarm for added security.
Pack an Emergency Kit
Weather and traffic conditions are unpredictable during this time of year. It’s common to hear of traffic jams and large snow storms stranding vehicles. Always be prepared for the worst-case scenario by packing an emergency kit in your car. Be sure to include:
- Flashlights and extra batteries
- An extra set of clothing
- Non-perishable snacks
- An extra phone charger and charging bank
Leave 10 Minutes Early
The holidays are a busy time for many with an endless list of to-dos. Give yourself enough time to get to your destination and leave 10 minutes early for appointments and events to ensure you’re not rushing on the road.
Always Drive Responsibly
Be merry and enjoy yourself this holiday season, but if you drink, please don’t drive. Leave your vehicle at the location, call a taxi, an Uber, Keys Please, or a family member to get you home safely. The consequences of driving impaired are never worth it.
Happy Holidays from Edge Autosports
From everyone at Edge Autosports, we hope you have a safe, happy holiday season. We thank you for your continued support and look forward to continuing to serve you in the new year and beyond.
And if you’re shopping for used cars in Evansville, contact us today!