Winters in New Jersey can lead to dangerous driving conditions, especially around the holidays. With more people traveling to see family and friends, congested roads and inclement weather often means more car crashes. In fact, every year roughly 343 people die in traffic accidents during the three-day Christmas holiday.

Keep yourself and your family safe this holiday season by following our holiday travel tips noted below.

Holiday Driving Safety: The Basics

Check the weather

Before you drive, check the weather for your route. Make sure to double-check right before you go, as winter weather can often be unpredictable.

Use snow tires if needed

If you plan to be driving in snowy or icy weather, consider using winter tires for better traction.

Drive defensively

Be prepared for aggressive or potentially drunk drivers on the road by driving defensively. Be patient, and move to the right lane — or off to the side of the road, if allowed —  when needed to avoid a collision.

Avoid distractions

Don’t text or take calls while driving. Instead, alert your friends and family of the timeline you’ll be on the road — that way, they’ll know when to expect you and won’t call to check in. You can also have your front passenger be in charge of the phone. If you’re traveling with kids, make sure you bring things or activities to entertain them.

Drive slowly

Keep your pace steady and slow when driving on slippery or icy roads.

Avoid stopping and starting frequently

Avoid your wheels spinning out or skidding across the road by avoiding sharp stops or starts.

Keep emergency supplies on hand

Pack everything you’d need for a winter safety kit

At any given time, you might need:

  • Jumper cables
  • Road flares
  • Tire jack
  • Tire pressure gauge

Get your car serviced and winterized beforehand

Make sure your car is ready for the winter roads by bringing it into our service center. To properly winterize your car, make sure you get:

  • Battery test and replacement if needed
  • Oil change
  • Wiper blade replacement
  • Wiper blade fluid and antifreeze refill
  • Brake pad check and replacement if needed

Winterizing Your Vehicle in Fair Lawn, NJ

The expert, factory-trained technicians at Jack Daniels Volkswagen are your trusted source for Volkswagen service in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, located near New York, NY. Get your vehicle winterized by professionals before hitting the road this holiday season. Check out our service specials, and schedule your appointment today.