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Avoiding the holiday rush on the roads


Click on the photo for more details on safe holiday travel
Click on the photo for more details on safe holiday travel

Andrea Stockton, staff writer

December 3, 2010 — The holiday buzz is beginning to pick up and drivers are encouraged to make safety behind the wheel a number one priority.

Checking tire pressure during the winter months is crucial
Checking tire pressure during the winter months is crucial

The holiday season has begun and while it can be a joyful time of year, there is certainly a level of stress involved. Including on the roads.

“It's important to remember that when we are behind the wheel, our number one priority is to get to our destination safely,” says Joe Sears with Drive Wise.

Adjusting your driving habits is crucial when conditions become poor and drivers are encouraged to do a bit of winter maintenance as well.

“You want to have winter tires, you want to check your tire pressure, windshield wipers are they the winter ones and are they in good shape? And have you got some extra windshield washer fluid?” notes Sears. He adds that another important thing to consider is the amount of gifts packed in the car.

“We end up with too much weight in the vehicle and sometimes you get those big gifts, which block your visibility.”

Be sure to check that rental vehicles have snow tires installed and winter windshield wipers
Be sure to check that rental vehicles have snow tires installed and winter windshield wipers

For those with longer travel times, monitoring the weather is extremely important. Car rental companies keep a close eye on the forecast during the busy holiday rush.

“We have to be on top of things and know exactly what the weather is going to entail for them,” says Deanna Parker with Budget Rent a Car.

Driving experts suggest to rent a vehicle that's similar to your own so that it's not as much of an adjustment.

Wondering what the holiday season will bring your way this year? Be sure to head to our Canadian Cities Index for the latest details. You can also check out the Highway Conditions page before hitting the roads.

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