Lower Fuel Costs and Winter Driving Readiness

If you're driving this holiday season, you're fortunate! Fuel prices have lowered due to changes in the international market, and it is likely to continue through the end of the year.

The AAA analyzes these holiday prices and travel plans and released figures last week predicting that about 46 million people in the U.S. plan to travel this season. That's up 4 percent over last year. The big news, though, is that gas prices will be about 46 cents lower per gallon than in 2013. Prices haven't been any lower since 2009.

You could even be able to spend more on presents, but experts say higher retail prices could hamper that. Nevertheless, you will have the option to travel more on your gas budget than you would have been able to otherwise. If nothing else, that could take the stress off so you can visit family and friends more easily.

If you're on the roads for any amount of time, though, the staffers at Christian Brothers in Garland, TX recommend performing a holiday driving auto checkup soon. With more traveling, your risk of running into icy weather and storms increases.

Stop by our shop in Garland and we will assist with the following advice by the Car Care Council:

  • Flush and clean the antifreeze and cooling systems
  • Do a headlight check for winter driving
  • Get “winter weight” oil
  • Kick those tires and check tread
  • Check the spark plugs
  • Make sure the heater and your car's engine thermostat are working properly
  • Test for risky CO2
  • Test the braking system
  • Check the alternator, starter and battery

You should also do things such as stocking the car with an extra set of warm clothes and boots, food and a flashlight, hand tools and jumper cables and snow brushes or ice scrapers. one more tip: never let your fuel get too low to keep the fuel lines from freezing and cracking.