The holidays are a joyous time of year. We’re meant to focus on our family and friends and celebrate with cheer. However, the holidays can also get pretty stressful between shopping, wrapping, traveling, and simply finding places to store everything.
We’ve compiled a list of tips to better organize your holiday car duties and, hopefully, alleviate some of your stress. These should help you ring in the New Year happy and healthy.
Stock Up On Emergency Essentials
Double check that you have everything you might need — an ice scraper, jumper cables, road flares, road salt, a flashlight and even some blankets. With extra trips, cold weather, and a ton of drivers out on the road, you’ll want to be prepared for anything.
Check Your Tires
At this time of year, it’s vital that your tires have the proper traction and inflation to avoid skidding on snow or ice. A good rule of thumb is to put a penny in the tread of your tire. If you can see any of Abe Lincoln’s face, the tire may be too bald.
Use Your Tetris Skills to Pack the Trunk
There is a delicate science to fitting everything in the trunk without breaking a gift in your travels. Try using your heaviest packages as a barrier as far forward as possible to prevent them from crushing more delicate items. Store the other items in rows going from left to right then right to left in almost a brick pattern to prevent shifting. Lightweight and odd shaped items should be secured safely on the sides.
Of course, the most important tip of all is to appreciate spending the holidays with your loved ones!