I know I have mentioned this before on several occasions, but I am so blessed to have a husband that knows what he is doing when it comes to our cars. While it is not what he does for a living, he is just a handyman of sorts and knows how to do just about anything. He tells me I give him too much credit, but in my eyes he is a super hero of things I could never even fathom accomplishing without reading some tutorial or watching 574 YouTube video tutorials. So, when it comes to holiday traveling I am not concerned with the safety of our vehicles. It is just something Matthew simply takes care of and for that I am thankful. However, I know that not everyone has a Matthew and Shell wants you to understand a few important points before you hit the roads.
According to the Shell Mechanics Survey*, the four best tactics to prepare your vehicle for the upcoming holiday travel season are:
- Inspect tires for air pressure, tread depth, rotation, etc.
- Check all fluid levels
- Fill up with a high quality fuel
- Check / change engine oil and oil filers
The Shell Mechanics Survey was a 7-minute online survey conducted by StrategyOne. The survey was fielded from March 30 – April 2, 2012 and sampled 450 automotive mechanics across the United States. The margin of error is +/- 4.62% at 95% confidence
Did you know:
- Shell Nitrogen Enriched Gasolines contain 20% more active cleaning agents than before, helping protect engine’s intake valves and fuel injectors from performance-robbing gunk.
- Many may be surprised to learn that driving can often be more economical, fun and flexible than flying. According to a May 2012 Car Care Council analysis, a family of four travelling 1,000 miles round trip could save $1,000 by driving instead of flying
- The average cost for a family of four to drive 1,000 mile round trip is $350
- The average cost for a family of four to fly 1,000 mile round trip is $1,441
Want to maintain sanity while on the road with kids? Here are my tips:
- Pack plenty of dry, non-sticky snacks
- Travel with juice or water that is in individual packages (less mess)
- Place a shoebox or small storage bin beside your child’s car seat full of toys, crayons, coloring books etc so that he/she can easily reach in and put back without cluttering the car
- Have an iDevice or Android? It may be time to teach older children how to use it on limited occasions. I like to save mine for when we have reached melt down mode. You always need a few bag of tricks left. Save the best for last!
- Make time to schedule potty and stretch breaks. You will need them!
- Have a potty training toddler? Travel with your potty seat accessible and in the back just in case you can’t make it to a restroom.
- One word. Wipes!
I hope you all have a very safe and wonderful holiday traveling season!
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