Not Your Mama’s Christmas Playlist

One of the best parts of traveling for the holidays is Christmas Music! Nothing makes the miles go faster than listening to all of your old favorites but after awhile that gets boring! Here is a list of some holiday tunes that are not the same boring Silent Night! They are a great addition to your holiday road trip playlist!

Christmas Farm By Taylor Swift

Taylor dropped this cute, catchy Christmas song on a whim and even cut the video herself using home videos of her days growing up on  Christmas Farm. The song is cute and catchy but the real star is the adorable little Taylor!

Cozy Little Christmas by Katy Perry

This video is whimsical and funny. Another catchy song, it is sure to get you dancing the miles away in the car. Plus the video is pure Katy Perry and will make you want to holiday somewhere warm this holiday season!

I’ll Be Your Santa Claus- Keith Urban

Another 2019 drop, if you are ready to slow it down and blues it up, this is the song you want on your playlist. A mix of love song and Keith’s pure voice make it a favorite!

Present Without A Bow- Kacey Musgraves

Another slow one but wow, it is beautiful! The message is beautiful and I love how sing-along it is. This is a must on your playlist!

Oh Santa- Mariah Carey

It is hard to believe you can have a list WITHOUT including “All I Want For Christmas” by Mariah, but this one is just as good and is a great sing-along and dance song!

You Make It Feel Like Christmas- Gwen Stafani Featuring Blake Shelton

Grab the love of your life and sing this song! It is catchy and just makes you feel good!

Holiday Gifts For Your Car Enthusiast

Do you have a car enthusiast on your list but don’t know what to get them? They can be challenging and sometimes you want to get them something they won’t have! There can only be so many car-chargers you can gift someone. Below are some amazing holiday gifts for the car enthusiast in your life!

CHOETECH Wireless Car Charger

Never worry about running out of battery while on the road again. This wireless car charger charges fast and also doubles as a dash mount so you can record all of those funny lip-sync videos or even catch the next viral video from your car dash!

Riparo Motorsports Driving Gloves

Not only are these gloves stylish but they are also sensitive to touch screens, so you never have to take them off. They will protect your steering wheel and your hands! My Dad has a pair and loves using them at the gas station so his hands don’t smell like gas!

Alexa Echo-Auto

This is my favorite device for a car. It brings your Alexa into your travels and can help remind you of tasks you need to do while you are out. You can also listen to your favorite music, books, or podcasts ( I am looking at you My Favorite Murder). It is also great for hands-free calling and messaging.

Victorinox Swiss Army RescueTool Pocket Knife

This is not your Granddaddy’s swiss army knife. It comes in an array of bold colors and is made of high-quality materials that won’t break or rust. This goes beyond the swiss army knife with the wine-opener and knife. Built for rescue, this knife will cut through seat belts, break windows, and also has a disc saw for shatter-proof glass. It is a must-have tool.

Tips For Holiday Road Trips

It is the time of year when thousands of people are traveling for the holidays. Whether you are traveling by air, land, or sea, it is bound to be stressful. Below on some tips to help you when traveling this holiday season!

 

Don’t Travel On Peak Dates

This mostly includes Christmas Even and New Years Eve. These dates are the most popular for travel. If you can leave a few days before the holiday so you can avoid most traffic. It can also be cheaper because gas prices usually go up the peak travel days.

 

Prepare Your Car

Change the oil, check the air tire pressure, and do an overall maintenance. The last thing you want is for your car to break down on the highway or worse yet, a back road. Clean out your car so there isn’t a bunch of clutter. Not only does this help with packing, but it also helps with comfort. Last but not least, check your emergency supplies and add more blankets, water, first aid, and non-perishable food.

 

Pack Like A Pro

You would think this would only be for flying, but you should try to cut down as much on packing as you can when driving. Firstly, it leaves room for all of those extra items you will be bringing back home (i.e. Christmas Presents). Secondly, it will help with how your car runs. Extra weight on your car can cause more wear and tear.

 

Travel Early

If you can, try to travel early in the morning as opposed to late at night. Not only will you be refreshed but there is also less traffic early in the morning. When we go on road trips we usually leave around 5 AM. This is a great time to leave if you are traveling for more than 4 hours away. Not only is there less-likely to be a lot of traffic but when it comes time for everyone to take a break it is breakfast time!

 

Bonus Tip:

Don’t Get Angry

It is the biggest joke of holiday travel. Dad gets mad in traffic, yells, and hilarity ensues. But, it is not that grand in real life. Not only does it cause a lot of stress and anxiety to your passengers but it can also lead to tragic road-rage incidents. Try to stay calm and stay safe!

Safety Tips For New Drivers

Safety Tips For New Drivers

Driving for the first time after you get your drivers’ license can be quite an intimidating experience. You are finally allowed to join the chaotic world of road transport that is filled with all sorts of drivers. Chances are, you will get to encounter the worst of drivers during your first drive. But don’t worry, here are some safety tips that will keep you safe on the road as a new driver.

Always wear a seat belt

You have probably heard this a gazillion times, but always ensure that you and other occupants in the car to wear a seat belt. This simple act can improve the safety for the vehicle’ s occupants in all sorts of accidents. If seat belts are uncomfortable for you, there are several seat belt covers available that can help. People that suffer from fibro and sensory issues may need one. Another thing people forget to check is how the seat belt sits on you. It should be firmly across your shoulder and lap, not cutting at your neck. If it is cutting at your neck, take it back to the dealer to be adjusted.

Obey traffic rules

Sounds trivial, but traffic rules were developed to create order and to improve safety while using the road. So make sure to apply all that knowledge you acquired in driving school. Sometimes you may even need to refer back to the manual because it is a lot of information to remember. It is always a good idea to keep a copy of your states drivers manual in the glove box of your car.

Do not text while driving

This is a mistake that most beginner drivers and even experienced drivers make. Texting or using your phone can create a major distraction while driving, which increases your chances of getting involved in an accident. Develop a habit for not touching your phone while driving.

Monitor your surroundings

While driving, make sure that you are aware of your surroundings. This means that you should continually check your mirrors and outside of your windows to identify any objects or other road users, their position, and their speed relative to you. This will allow you to make more effective judgments in case of an incident.

Practicing these good tips will help you be a safe and educated driver.

 

 

The Dangers of Distracted Driving

The dangers of distracted driving

Distracted driving occurs when drivers drive while engaging in another activity that is taking their attention away from driving.  According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately nine people die everyday from incidents that involved a distracted driver. Moreover, there are more than one 1,000 accidents that occur as a result of distracted driving each day. It is, therefore, important that drivers do not engage in other activities while driving.

The three primary distractions are visual, manual, and cognitive.

Visual distractions occur when the driver takes their eyes off the road. They might do this in case another object or incident draws their attention.

Manual distractions, on the other hand, occur when the driver takes their hands off the wheel in order to engage in other activities such as texting, adjusting climate control, radio or other activities in the car that require the driver to use their hands.

Cognitive distractions occur when the driver’ takes their mind off the driving. For instance, they could engage their mind in deep thought about a certain issue, thereby distracting them from the process of driving. This also includes sleep deprivation. When you are sleep deprived your senses and focus is not sharp.

Texting while driving is the most significant form of distractions since it creates a visual, manual, and cognitive distraction. This makes it a considerable threat for the safety of the driver and other road users.

Distracted driving results in numerous incidents some of which involve fatalities. In order to improve the safety on our roads, it is important that drivers can refrain from engaging in any of the activities discussed, which might distract them from the process of driving. By doing so, they would you would be playing an active role in making our roads safer for all drivers.