Get Winter Ready and Drive Cheaply for the Cold Season

If you're going to drive for the 2014 holidays, you're in good shape! Gas prices have because global oil prices are lower, and the savings are likely to remain through the holidays.

The AAA studies these holiday prices and travel plans and released a statement last week predicting that about 46 million people throughout the country plan to travel this season. That's up 4 percent over the 2013 holiday season. The big news, though, is that gas prices will be about 46 cents less per gallon than last year. Prices haven't been so low since 2009.

The savings could be high enough that you could crank up your spending budget for things like gifts and celebrations, but experts think that higher retail costs could hamper that. Regardless, you will have the option to travel more on your gas budget than you planned.

If you're traveling at all, however, the staffers at Christian Brothers in College Station, TX recommend performing a wintertime auto checkup before you head out. More driving means your chances of running into stuff like icy weather and storms increases.

Stop by our shop in College Station and we would be happy to help with the following recommendations by the Car Care Council:

  • Check the alternator, starter and battery
  • Test the brakes
  • Check for dangerous carbon monoxide
  • Make sure the heater and your car's engine thermostat are working properly
  • Check your car's schedule for things such as spark plug replacement and do it early
  • Check the tire tread and pressure
  • Switch to “winter weight” oil and do an oil change
  • Test and re-aim lights for winter driving
  • Flush and clean the antifreeze and cooling

There are also steps that you should probably perform by yourself, including stocking the car with an extra set of warm clothes and boots, a flashlight, emergency food, hand tools and jumper cables and scrapers or snow brushes. We also recommend that you never let your fuel get too low to prevent frozen fuel lines.