Lower Fuel Prices and Winter Driving Readiness

The AAA examines these holiday prices and travel plans and released information last week predicting that about 46 million people throughout the country plan to travel this season. That's up 4 percent over 2013. The big news, though, is that gas costs will be about 46 cents less per gallon than last year. That's a seasonal low five years in the running.

The savings could be great enough that you could increase your spending for things such as presents and parties, but experts believe higher retail prices could offset any spending gains. Nevertheless, you can still travel more on your gas budget than you would have been able to otherwise.

If you're on the roads for any amount of time, however, the car care experts at Christian Brothers in Missouri City, TX recommend getting a holiday driving auto checkup before you head out. More driving means your chances of dealing with stuff like snowy conditions goes up.

If you stop in, we can assist with the following:

  • Check the battery and charging system
  • Doublecheck the braking system
  • Check for dangerous carbon monoxide
  • 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
  • Get winter weight” oil
  • Do a headlight check for winter driving conditions
  • Flush and clean the engine cooling and antifreeze systems

You should also do things such as stocking the car with an extra set of warm clothes and boots, food and a flashlight, tools and cables and scrapers or snow brushes. Finally, our techs say you should never let your fuel get too low to prevent frozen fuel lines.