Stress Free Holiday Driving Tips from Dr. Nick's

Still have travel plans for the Holidays? There is nothing worse than setting off on an anticipated road trip only to be cut short by a broken down vehicle. Read important tips here.

Many American's ideal holiday experience doesn't begin with a long car road trip. However the holiday season is the most high-volume traffic time of the year, which shows most American's choose to drive, not fly, to their holiday destinations.

To help keep your holiday road trip stress-free, we've put together a list of simple tips that you can use to keep this the most wonderful time of the year!

Prepare Your Route in Advance

Always prepare your route in advance when embarking on a long road trip to avoid confusion and ensure you're heading down the right path. Be sure to keep up with traffic reports while en route as well, as this can help you avoid traffic and accidents that will slow you down. Preparing your route in advance also lets you plan where and when you'll stop for breaks, if necessary.

Download a Gas App for Your Smartphone

Gas apps, such as GasBuddy, are available on any Apple, Android, Blackberry, or Windows smartphone, and are great for finding the best deals on gas no matter where you are. You can compare the distances and prices of all the gas stations around you and even earn points for special prizes from GasBuddy.

Store Valuables and Gifts in the Trunk

While it seems like a no-brainer, storing your valuables in the trunk is the best defense against an invader. Even if you're only stopping at a rest stop for a few minutes, if you leave your vehicle unattended with valuables in plain sight, you could end up leaving that rest stop without them. If you have to keep a valuable in the cabin of your car, be sure to cover it well or store it in your glove box or center console. If a potential thief can't find anything to take upon a first glance, chances are they will move on quickly.

Make Sure Your Vehicle is Properly Maintained

There is nothing worse than setting off on an anticipated road trip only to be cut short by a broken down vehicle. Before you drive a long distance this holiday, be sure to have your vehicle inspected by a trained technician (like us!). We'll provide a free performance check to ensure that all systems in your vehicle are working properly, and if there is something that needs to be attended to, we'll provide a reasonable estimate and finish the job as quickly as possible. Avoid unexpected mishaps or becoming stranded by having your vehicle inspected before each and every road trip. We hope these tips have helped. For all things auto call 1-800-DOC-NICK in Milford, Connecticut.

These are just a few examples of ways to get prepared before heading out on your holiday road trip. From the Moran Family to yours - Happy Holidays!

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