winter driving

With only a little over a week left until the holidays kick in full, the folks at Parks Mazda figured it would be a good time to share some tips for holiday driving.

Traffic congestion will soon be at an all-time high, with throngs of people rushing onto the roads for last-minute shopping trips, and others going to and from holiday festivities. Combine that with the hazardous winter weather and the inadequate driving of some people who should not quite be behind the wheel and you’ve got yourself a recipe for disaster.

Well, maybe not full-on disaster. But it’s a well-known fact that accidents occur more frequently around the Christmas and New Year period, and we’d like to help you avoid that. Here’s how:

First, stop by a repair shop or dealership like Parks Mazda to get a tune up. Your car needs to be in tiptop shape to handle the snowy roads. If you’ve got the know-how, you can even do it yourself—adjusting tire pressures, gauging oil levels, that sort of stuff.

Second, before going on a long road trip, consider bringing not just a road map but also a weather map. The last thing you want while venturing into unfamiliar territory—especially if the family is with you—is to get hit by an unexpected snowstorm. Check the weather and adjust your plans accordingly.

Finally, try to be more aware and cautious than usual. Drive more slowly and keep a sharp eye out. There are more people than usual driving under the influence, and although you can’t control what they do, you can control your own vehicle. We’d also recommend carpooling and using designated drivers to reduce traffic congestion and to make sure that you too don’t become one of those unsafe drivers.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our winter driving tips. Happy holidays from all of us at Parks Mazda!

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