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The holiday season often means hitting the road to gather with family and friends. Sometimes, that means driving through snowy landscapes to reach our loved ones. Before you start your journey, consider these road trip tips to ensure you arrive safely.

Holiday travel tips

Winter Car Emergency Kit Essentials

Being prepared for unpredictable winter weather is key, especially when you’re on a long road trip. Equip your vehicle with a winter car emergency kit that includes:

• Blankets and Warm Clothing:

Keep extra layers to ensure warmth in case of breakdowns or long traffic jams.

• Flashlight and Batteries:

A reliable light source is crucial for nighttime emergencies or poor visibility.

• Jumper Cables:

A dead battery is a common winter woe; jumper cables can be your rescue.

• Ice Scraper and Snow Brush:

Clear your vision by removing frost, snow, and ice from your car windows and body.

• Sand or Cat Litter:

Handy for extra traction if your vehicle gets stuck in the snow.

• First-Aid Kit:

For handling minor medical needs on the go.

• Non-Perishable Snacks and Water:

Maintain energy levels and hydration during unexpected delays.

• Shovel:

A compact shovel can be invaluable for digging out a car stuck in the snow.

• Flares or Reflective Triangles:

Increase your visibility to other drivers in case of roadside stops.

• Phone Charger:

Don’t risk a dead phone. Make sure you can call for help or communicate with family during your trip.

Safety Tips for Holiday Road Trips

When you’re driving on snowy or icy winter roads, it’s important to adapt your driving habits to the conditions:

  • Accelerate and decelerate with care and caution to prevent loss of traction.
  • Leave enough room between you and the vehicle in front, extending your normal following distance.
  • Avoid using cruise control on icy roads.
  • Remain vigilant, watching for pedestrians and changing road conditions.
  • Clear snow and ice from your car windshield, windows, side mirrors, headlights, and taillights. This will not only help you see clearly, but it will also make you visible to others on the road.
  • Turn on your vehicle’s lights to stand out in the fog or falling snow.
  • Avoid using cruise control on icy roads.
  • Stay home if the weather turns treacherous.
  • Plan your travel route, keeping an eye on the weather forecasts and road reports.
  • Stay calm and composed; overreacting leads to mistakes.
  • Understand your vehicle’s braking system, whether you have ABS or need to pump the brakes manually.

Common Mistakes to Avoid During Holiday Travel

For a trip that’s memorable for all the right reasons, steer clear of these mistakes:

Ignoring the Forecast:

Before you leave, check the weather. Check along the way, too, in case of changing weather.

Forgetting Car Maintenance:

A well-maintained car is less likely to have mechanical issues. Not winterizing your car can leave you vulnerable to harsh conditions.


An overloaded car is harder to handle and can strain your vehicle’s systems.

Driving While Tired:

Fatigue impairs judgment and reaction time. Take regular rests.

Skipping Meals:

Keep energy levels up with regular meal breaks to maintain focus and avoid distractions.

By keeping these tips in mind, you’ll be better prepared for a safe and enjoyable journey. Remember, preparation is key to any successful road trip, especially during the bustling holiday season. Making sure your vehicle is in top condition. Stop in today for a FREE ConfiDrive® Performance Review Whether you’re in for an oil change, brake job, or new tires, we will complete a comprehensive multi-point vehicle inspection. Our Technicians will check your battery, windshield wiper condition, tires, brakes, and antifreeze protection to be sure your car is as ready for the winter season as you are.

Don’t let the winter chill dampen your holiday travel—prepare, pack, and proceed with care. Happy Holidays from Monro!

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