The holidays are all about traveling to see loved ones for the holidays. Growing up I was all over the place trying to visit everyone. I would be with my dad and we would have Christmas eve at his house then we would have another Christmas eve at my aunts house with one side of the extended family. Then we would drive back to our town and go to midnight mass and then after church my dad would drive me to my mother’s house who lived in another town. So it was quite a bit of driving for him. Then he would have Christmas morning with my stepmom and sisters and then they would go to my grandmothers house. I of course would have Christmas with my mom and Christmas with another set of extended family.
Traveling in the car just seems like it’s part of Christmas and if you have to go a long distance to see Grandma then we have some safety tips from Shell to share with you.
According to the Shell Mechanics Survey*, the four best tactics to prepare your vehicle for the upcoming holiday travel season are:
o Check all fluid levels
o Fill up with a high quality fuel
o Check / change engine oil and oil filters
Did you know that 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. No other gasoline protects better!
I love road trips with my kids so I’m not afraid to take a long drive with them to see family. We usually don’t have enough vacation time to drive all the way to Texas, but we do travel other places for the holiday season and I want you to know you should consider a cost comparison if you do have the time because it’s so much fun.
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
o The average cost for a family of four to drive 1,000 mile round trip is $350
o The average cost for a family of four to fly 1,000 mile round trip is $1,441
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*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.