The AAA examines these holiday issues on a national level and released information last week saying that about 46 million people plan to travel this season. That's up 4 percent over last year. The take-home message, though, is that fuel prices will be an average of 46 cents lower per gallon than a year ago. Prices haven't been so low since 2009.
The savings could be great enough that you could increase your spending budget for things including presents and parties, but finance experts believe higher retail costs could hamper that. Regardless, you can still drive more on your fuel budget than you would have been able to otherwise.
If you will be driving at all, however, the staffers at Christian Brothers in Andover, MN recommend performing a seasonal auto checkup before you head out. With more traveling, your risk of dealing with ice and snow goes up, making this particularly important.
Come by, and we will assist with the following:
- Check the battery and alternator
- Test the braking system
- Examine the vehicle for risky CO2 leaks
- Make sure the heater and your car's engine thermostat are working properly
- Check your automobile's recommended schedule for stuff like spark plug replacement
- Kick those tires and check tread
- Switch to “winter weight” oil and do an oil change
- Do a headlight check for winter driving conditions
- Flush and clean the engine cooling and antifreeze systems
You should also do things such as stocking the car with an extra set of warm boots and clothes, food and a flashlight, cables and simple tools and tools. Finally, our techs say you should never run on an empty tank to prevent frozen fuel lines.