So there's no place like home for the holidays, and it can be fun to travel there, but sometimes it can be messy--even grueling! A little extra upfront preparation can make even the hardest conditions better! If you are going anywhere very far, it will benefit you to plan ahead. With gas prices low, and the mass of people beginning the holiday rush, make sure your vehicle is in proper working order, and, if necessary, make any needed adjustments. Calling 511 before you leave can help you stay on top of those worst road conditions Keep extra windshield wiper fluid on hand, and check to make sure the heater is blowing hot air and that nothing is obstructing the flow toward the windshield. Make sure you take an extra blanket and pillow, not only for emergencies, but for comfort in case of illness such as bacterial and viral sickness-- as it is the cold and flu season and things can get shared rather quickly in a small area. Adding a few extra steps to your routine could help keep the attitudes of many on board in a cheerful mood.
There are many ways that even a long drive can be a great opportunity for good time with family. As soon as you start your journey plan to have some fun things to share with all those in the car. Share memories of Christmases long long ago. Talk about what is most important at Christmas, and what special blessings have been yours -- as the year closes and we welcome a new year. Why not plan ahead by leaving a little earlier and keeping things more relaxed in your schedule, allowing time to deal with the delays that may happen. It may be helpful to plan extra time when going through large cities and dealing with heavy traffic. With the changes in weather you might face, it is a good idea to keep gear ready and know how to use it. Take some extra time for rest stops, meals, and stretching when you are traveling by road across the country. It can be a great time to make new traditions, and to take along those games, songs, stories and other elements of fun, that are normally crowded out by a busy schedule, but that the family would especially enjoy.
It is always nice to travel in a freshly cleaned vehicle and it may be a great idea to have your vehicle cleaned to start the new year, so plan a trip to Shines Autos Meticulously for a full detail, and hey! perhaps you might get him or her an Auto Detail package, or a gift card for use in the months after Christmas. Remember: our gift cards can be used any time of the year.
And don't forget-- for those of you that will brave the weather and be out on the frozen roads traveling--when you travel, enjoy the time together; don't rush it. Remember: you're making memories. You might as well make the merriest ones! Whether it's just you and your spouse spending time as a couple, or if it's a case of traveling as a large family, enjoy one another's company, on the road and at your destination. Take time to focus on the giving and the blessings that are part of the season--and ultimately, the birth of the baby boy that would change history forever.
What traditions does your family share during Christmas? Let us know what you enjoy the most about this special time of the year.
Posted by Bryon: Bryon is the promotional marketing man for SHINES AUTOS METICULOUSLY. He is an avid graphic design artist who enjoys working to bring creative ideas, through writing and visuals, to the detailing business.