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Driving home during the holiday season can be challenging. If you're interested in staying safe on the road as you drive home, this post by Les Berkenpas in Byron Center will help you face the challenges of the holiday season.

The holiday season is a magical time. There are many reasons to celebrate. There are special festivities, delicious foods, and the chance to create many lovely memories. And the best part about it is, that we get to do all of these wonderful things with our loved ones, close friends, and family members. However, it may be that you don't live in the same town as them, and you need to travel to get to spend time with your loved ones during this time. If you do and you're driving to your destination, you have to be aware of the challenges that come with driving home for the winter holidays. Not only do you have to deal with the darker days and the snowy, slippery roads, but there's a good chance you'll face more traffic on the road of other drivers who, like you, are making their way home for the festivities. If you want to learn tips on staying safe on the road when driving during the holiday season, continue reading the post below.

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How to Drive Home Safely during the Holiday Season

Do a Good Job of Maintaining Your Vehicle

You can't have a safe and smooth ride if the vehicle you'll be driving isn't in top shape. That's why, before leaving for your destination, you have to do a good job of maintaining your vehicle. Your best bet is to get it to a professional and reliable mechanic. Not only will they be able to examine its condition, but they can also provide the fine-tuning it may need. Just let them know of your plans to drive this holiday season, so they can guarantee your vehicle will endure the ride.

The continued use of AMSOIL Signature Series 5W-30 Synthetic Motor Oil, the best synthetic oil in Byron Center, can help your engine remain strong and healthy for longer, ensuring it will be able to drive you to your holiday destination.

Begin Driving Early

If you're one of those drivers who likes to start their trips later in the day, you should reconsider. You may be able to avoid some of the dangers of holiday driving if you start your travels at the break of dawn. For example, some of the perks of starting early are:
  • winter days are shorter and darker, starting early lets you take advantage of the sunlight and see better.
  • the sunlight can also energize you
  • you will also feel less stressed since you'll have more time to reach your destination
  • lastly, starting early may help you avoid some of the holiday traffic

Drive for the Winter Weather

Again, the days are shorter and darker and the roads can be snowy and slippery. To stay safe, drive for the winter weather:
  • stay focused on the road
  • go at a slower pace
  • let more space between your vehicle and everything around you
  • always have your headlights turned on
  • avoid hills
  • have a winter emergency kit in your vehicle just in case

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Avoid Road Rage

The increase in traffic can mean an increase in road rage instances. Needless to say, road rage is a nasty feeling that makes you aggressive and more prone to making mistakes when you're driving. To avoid it and its negative consequences, plan your drive well to reduce your stress, create a zen environment inside your vehicle and, above all, let the little things go.

Take a Break When Needed

Lastly, to arrive safely at your holiday celebrations, you have to avoid drowsy driving at all costs. When you're exhausted, you can't think straight or have much control of your body and senses. For that reason, if you're feeling tired as you drive, you're better off taking a break to rest (if there isn't someone who can take the wheel for you), than you are risking your and other people's safety.

Maintain your vehicle perfectly to help you have a joyful and cheerful holiday season. Call Les Berkenpas in Byron Center at (616) 723-1835, or visit AMSOIL's online shop to place an order on the top products for your vehicle's maintenance.