Low Fuel Prices and Winter Driving Necessities

If you're going to drive for the 2014 holiday season, you're fortunate! You could have already seen that fuel costs have fallen in the last week or so, and industry specialists say the trend to last throughout the year.

The AAA examines these holiday issues on a national level and released figures last week saying that about 46 million people throughout the country plan to travel this season. That's up 4 percent over last year. The take-home message, though, is that gas prices will be about 46 cents lower per gallon than in 2013. Prices haven't been so low since 2009.

The savings could be great enough that you could increase your holiday spending for things like gifts and celebrations, but experts say higher retail prices could offset any spending gains. Nevertheless, you will have the option to drive more on your fuel budget than you would have been able to otherwise. If nothing else, that could take the stress off so you can meet up with loved ones freely.

If you're on the roads for any amount of time, though, the car care experts at Christian Brothers in Murphy, TX recommend performing a seasonal auto checkup first. With more traveling, your risk of dealing with things such as ice and snow goes up, making this extra important.

If you stop in, we would be happy to assist with the following:

  • Clean and flush the antifreeze and cooling
  • Check the headlamps for winter driving conditions
  • Get “winter weight” oil
  • Kick those tires and check tread
  • Check your automobile's recommended schedule for things such as spark plug replacement and do it early
  • Make sure the heater and your car's engine thermostat are working properly
  • Check for dangerous CO2
  • Test the brakes
  • Check the alternator, starter and battery

Also, be sure to take steps like stocking the car with food, warm clothes and scrapers. We also recommend that you never let your fuel get too low so the fuel lines don't crack.