Thanksgiving is just around the corner, so are you planning to pack your car and head home for turkey, quality time, and midnight gatherings? If so, to help you have a smooth and stress-free holiday driving experience, we have compiled some essential vehicle maintenance tips that will help you be more prepared and get you home safely.

1. Test the Major Components of Your Car

It would be tough for you to check all of the moving parts on your vehicle. But if you want your car to run smoothly, you can get your vehicle checked by a professional auto mechanic. Ensure that you check out the following major systems:

  • Starters
  • Alternators
  • Batteries
  • Car Engine & lights

Contact us to see what tests we can do for you to ensure your vehicle is in good running condition.

2. Diagnose or Repair Your Vehicle

Inspecting your car before you head off on a long road trip should be your top priority. Make sure to check that all your lights, tires, and safety features are functioning properly. In addition, check the fluids of your vehicle, such as the oil, antifreeze, and gas. Lastly, don’t forget to check your wiper blades.

3. Get an Emergency Travel Kit

Being stuck on the side of the road in a broken-down car is not less than a deeply distressing dream. Therefore, it is necessary to have an emergency kit with all the basics. This will help keep you and your loved ones safe, because you never know what can happen. So, whether your trip is an hour, a day, or longer, make sure to carry emergency supplies with you.

  • Flashlights
  • Spare batteries
  • Flares
  • Water and Snacks
  • Blankets
  • Electronic accessories like a phone charger, earphones, etc.


Instead of panicking at the last moment and wondering why your car’s AC isn’t working, it’s better to take precautions beforehand. We hope that the information provided above will help you keep your vehicle functioning properly. If you want to diagnose or repair your vehicle and you don’t know where to start, come to H.W. Automotive Inc, the most trusted and reliable name in Oklahoma City. Learn more about our services and our seasoned team by visiting our website or by giving us a call at (405) 702-4098.