The national average price for a gallon of gas is estimated to fall below $2 per gallon by Christmas, which will leave drivers paying the lowest gas prices on New Year’s Day since 2009. AAA believes approximately 100 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles or more from home during the holiday season. With the anticipation of many drivers on the road, it’s best for all travelers to be careful and plan ahead.
Getting ready to embark on your holiday journey also means making sure your car is prepared for the trip. It is very important to check the car’s tire air pressure and tread as well as wind shield wipers. A thorough examination of your vehicle by a mechanic will show any issues your vehicle may have. You can easily check your tire’s tread at home. Put a penny between the tread of the tire and if it goes above Lincoln’s head then it is still good.
Severe weather conditions may cause delays and have an impact on road conditions this time of the year. Travelers may need extra time to prepare especially in precipitation, rain and snow. Speeding is the biggest mistake a driver can make in these types of road conditions.
If possible, download a weather app so you can expect weather conditions and any possible delays. Major cities such as Denver, Chicago, New York City and San Francisco are expected to be impacted by the weather. Northern Maine has the greatest chance of seeing snow for holiday.