Nearly 46 million people will be hitting the road for the holidays by the end of the year, according to figures released by the AAA. That's up 4 percent over the 2013 holiday season. The best part, though, is that gas costs will be about 46 cents less per gallon than last year. We haven't seen the likes of it for five years.
You may even be able to spend more on presents, but economists say higher retail costs could offset any spending gains. Regardless, you will have the option to drive more on your gas budget than you probably expected. If nothing else, that could cut down your stress so you can see loved ones freely.
If you're on the roads for any amount of time, though, the mechanics at Christian Brothers in Spring, Spring recommend performing a wintertime auto checkup first. With more traveling, your chances of having to cope with things such as ice and snow goes up, making this extra important.
Stop by our shop in Spring and we can help with the following:
- Flush and clean the engine cooling and antifreeze
- Check the headlamps for winter driving
- Switch to “winter weight” oil and do an oil change
- Kick those tires and check tread
- Check the spark plugs
- Make sure the heater and your car's engine thermostat are working properly
- Examine the vehicle for health-threatening carbon monoxide leaks
- Test the braking system
- Check the alternator, starter and battery
Also, be sure to take steps like stocking the car with emergency food, clothing and tools. We also recommend that you never let your fuel tank empty fully in order so the fuel lines don't crack.