Lower Gas Prices and Winter Auto Readiness

If you’re going to hit the road this holiday season, you’re fortunate! You might have seen that fuel prices have dropped recently, and analysts believe they will be low throughout the year.

Nearly 46 million travelers will be in cars for the holidays by the end of 2014, according to the AAA. That’s an increase of more than 4 percent over 2013. The take-home message, though, is that fuel prices will be an average of 46 cents less per gallon than a year ago. We haven’t seen these kind of prices for five years.

The savings could be great enough that you could boost your spending for things including gifts and celebrations, but economists believe higher retail prices could hamper that. Nevertheless, you can still drive more on your gas budget than you probably expected. 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 staffers at Christian Brothers in Suwanee, GA recommend performing a holiday driving auto checkup soon. More driving means your risk of running into snowy conditions increases.

Stop by our shop in Suwanee and we will help with the following recommendations by the Car Care Council:

  • Clean and flush the antifreeze and cooling systems
  • Test and re-aim lights for winter driving conditions
  • Get an oil change
  • Check the tire tread and pressure
  • Check your car’s recommended schedule for things such as spark plug replacement
  • Make sure the heater and your car’s engine thermostat are working properly
  • Check for health-threatening carbon monoxide
  • Test the braking system
  • Check the alternator, starter and battery

Also, be sure to take steps like stocking the car with food, warm clothes and scrapers. Finally, our techs say you should never run on an empty tank so the fuel lines don’t crack.