Low Gas Prices and Winter Driving Necessities

If you're going to hit the road this holidays, you're fortunate! You could have already seen that fuel costs have dropped recently, and industry specialists are predicting they will stay that way throughout the year.

The AAA studies these holiday prices and travel plans and released a statement last week predicting that about 46 million people in the U.S. plan to travel this season. That's an increase of more than 4 percent over 2013. The big news, though, is that petroleum costs will be an average of 46 cents less per gallon than a year ago. Prices haven't been so low since 2009.

You may even be able to spend more on other Christmas items, but economists think that higher retail costs could offset any spending gains. Nevertheless, you will have the option to travel more on your fuel budget than you probably expected.

If you will be driving at all, though, the specialists at Christian Brothers in Frisco, TX recommend getting a holiday driving auto checkup soon. More driving means your risk of running into ice and snow increases, making this extra important.

If you stop in, we can assist with the following advice by the Car Care Council:

  • Check the battery and alternator
  • Test the brakes
  • Check for health-threatening carbon monoxide leaks
  • Make sure the heater and your car's engine thermostat are working properly
  • Make sure you're on schedule for spark plugs
  • Check the tire tread and pressure
  • Switch to “winter weight” oil and do an oil change
  • Check the headlamps for winter driving conditions
  • Clean and flush the antifreeze and cooling systems

You should also do things such as stocking the car with emergency food, clothing and tools. We also recommend that you never let your fuel tank empty fully in order to keep the fuel lines from freezing and cracking.