Holiday Driving Tips For The Fort Wayne Area Drivers

At Tom Ahl Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM FIAT, we always enjoy this time of year because it's emphasized spending time with our loved ones. In order to do so, you need to engage in safe driving habits because the roads can be hectic around this time. From annual Christmas shopping (food and presents included) and long road trips, you need to be prepared for your vehicle's health and driving around. Our Lima Chrysler dealership have some suggestions for you to be aware of this time of year in order to keep your whole family happy and healthy!

Drive the Speed Limit

Grandma got run over by a reindeer, not a car! Please obey the speed limit or else highway patrol and police will let you know otherwise. Moreover, traffic is bound to happen if you are taking popular routes. There is no need to speed your way to a highway jam. Roads and other drivers can be a little uneasy this time of year. Take your time, do not rush, and you'll thank yourself later for avoiding a speeding ticket and/or getting into an accident.

Get a Good Nights Sleep

If you are heading off for a road trip to see family and friends, start the trip on the right foot by getting enough sleep! Have everything packed and ready to go the night before so that it's less stressful for you in the morning. Lack of sleep can decrease your reaction time on the road and interfere with your focus.

While driving, if you're beginning to yawn or lose concentration, take a pit stop! Get a cup of coffee, go outside for a brisk walk, and stretch your legs! It's beneficial to stop every few hours to move around and stop for food or beverages if needed.

Plan Your Route

Fail to plan, plan to fail. That's why you need to map out your route. You should know what major roads you plan on taking while also considering the weather! If Mother Nature is bringing nasty storms, you can plan to leave earlier or have your vehicle ready to handle it. If you need any help with your vehicle, our service center can assist Lima area drivers to prepare for bad weather.

Lock Up Your Home and Valuables

While the holidays are a great time to bring out individual's compassion for one another, it does not apply to everyone. Lock up your valuables, doors, windows, garage, shed, etc to avoid burglars who could possibly snoop around your property. Keep anything expensive hidden from plain view. If you have a burglar alarm, turn it on!

Be Prepared For Emergencies

We want all our customers to stay safe this holiday season. As we stated, driving can be a bit scary at times and we want families to be ready if a bad situation presents itself. Not only during this season, it's nice to have an emergency kit all year round. Keep this item in your car which includes nonperishable food, first aid equipment, blankets, batteries, flashlight, and more. For this season, it wouldn't hurt to have cat litter or traction mats in case you get stuck in a snowbank.

Don't Drink and Drive

We want everyone to enjoy themselves these holidays. To do so, we STRONGLY encourage you to avoid drinking and driving. If you want to have the holiday punch or rum with eggnog, plan on having a designated driver or take a taxi!

From our families to yours, we wish everyone a happy and healthy holiday! Please contact us at (888) 429-2129 if you need to schedule an appointment to service your vehicle.

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