Get Winter Ready and Drive For Less for the Holiday Season

Fortune is favoring you if you're going to drive as part of your holiday celebrations! You might have seen that the gas prices have fallen in the last week or so, and industry specialists are predicting they will be low throughout the holiday season.

The AAA analyzes these holiday traveling plans and released a statement last week saying 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 take-home message, though, is that gas prices will be about 46 cents less per gallon than in 2013. That's a seasonal low five years in the running.

The savings could be great enough that you could boost your holiday spending for things like presents and parties, but experts say higher retail prices could offset any spending gains. Regardless, you can still drive more on your gas budget than you would have been able to otherwise. If nothing else, that could cut down your stress so you can meet up with loved ones more easily.

If you will be driving at all, though, the car care experts at Christian Brothers in Corpus Christi, TX recommend getting a seasonal auto checkup soon. The more you drive, your likelihood of dealing with icy weather and storms increases.

Come by, and we will help with the following:

  • Check the battery and charging system
  • Check the braking system
  • Examine the vehicle for health-threatening CO2
  • Make sure the heater and your car's engine thermostat are working properly
  • Check your car's recommended schedule for stuff like spark plug replacement
  • Check the tires
  • Switch to “winter weight” oil and do an oil change
  • Test and re-aim lights for winter driving
  • Clean and flush the engine cooling and antifreeze

Also, be sure to take steps like stocking the car with emergency food, clothing and tools. Finally, our techs say you should never run on an empty tank so the fuel lines don't crack.