The AAA studies these holiday issues on a national level and released a statement last week saying that about 46 million people in the country plan to travel this season. That's up 4 percent over 2013. The best part, though, is that petroleum prices will be an average of 46 cents less per gallon than a year ago. Prices haven't been so low since 2009.
The savings could be great enough that you could increase your holiday spending for things including presents and parties, but experts think that higher retail prices could hamper that. Nevertheless, you will have the option to travel more on your fuel budget than you probably expected.
If you're traveling at all, though, the specialists at Christian Brothers in Sugar Land, TX recommend performing a seasonal auto checkup before you head out. The more you drive, your risk of having to cope with icy weather and storms increases.
If you stop in, we would be happy to assist with the following advice by the Car Care Council:
- Check the battery and charging system
- Double check the brakes
- Check for dangerous CO2
- Test the thermostat and heater
- Make sure you're on schedule for spark plugs
- Check the tire tread and pressure
- Get an oil change
- Test and re-aim lights for winter driving
- Clean and flush the antifreeze and cooling systems
There are also steps that you should perform by yourself, including stocking the car with food, warm clothes and scrapers. one more tip: never let your fuel get too low to keep the fuel lines from freezing and cracking.