Nearly 46 million travelers will be on the roads for holiday travel by the end of 2014, according to figures released by the AAA. That's an increase of more than 4 percent over the 2013 holiday season. The big news, though, is that gas costs will be an average of 46 cents less per gallon than in 2013. Prices haven't been so low since 2009.
You could even get to spend more on presents, but economists think that higher retail prices could offset any spending gains. Nevertheless, you can still travel more on your gas budget than you probably expected.
If you're traveling at all, however, the car care experts at Christian Brothers in Northwest Houston, TX recommend performing a wintertime auto checkup first. With more traveling, your chances of dealing with snowy conditions increases, making this especially important.
Come by, and we will assist with the following:
- Check the battery and charging system
- Test the brakes
- Test for dangerous CO2 leaks
- Test the thermostat and heater
- Make sure you're on schedule for spark plugs
- Kick those tires and check tread
- Get winter weight” oil
- Do a headlight check for winter driving conditions
- Flush and clean the engine cooling and antifreeze
There are also steps that you should probably perform on your own, including stocking the car with an extra set of warm clothes and boots, food and a flashlight, hand tools and jumper cables and tools. one more tip: never run on an empty tank so the fuel lines don't crack.
Need maintenance for your car? Schedule an appointment at our Houston car repair shop today!