Holiday road trip: 5 On Your Side tips to help your holiday car travel go smoothly

AKRON, Ohio - Before you load your car with family and presents to make that holiday trip to grandma's house, make sure your car is ready.

Mike Hamad of Hamad Tire in Akron came up with five tips to help your trip go smoothly.

1. Tire Pressure

The first thing is to check your tire pressure. If you are not sure how much air your tires need, open your driver's side door. You will find a placard on the door frame that will tell you the recommended tire pressure for each tire. Hamad said on a few cars you can find the placard inside the gas cap door. 

2. Battery

You should also check your battery. If your battery is three to five years old, you should be fine. If it's older, Hamad recommends you bring it to your mechanic to ensure it has enough charge in it.  

3. Windshield Wipers

With Ohio's winter weather you should check your windshield wipers and washer fluid level. If your wipers are cracked they should be replaced. Hamad said there are four different types of wipers - make sure you have the proper ones for your car. If not you may get streaking and they could lose contact with the windshield at higher speeds. 

4. Anti-freeze

You should not only check your anti-freeze level, but make sure you are using the proper type for your car. Hamad also said, "Make sure the freezing temperature of the anti-freeze is cold enough."

5. Tires

Hamad  said for all winter driving your tire tread is extremely important. "The minimum recommended tread depth for any car is going to be 2/32 of an inch. That is when your tires are worn out. In the winter time you're going to want more tread. The more tread, the better the traction."

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