2. Have your car inspected and/or serviced before you leave, and keep an emergency kit in it.
One of the most common issues that travelers experience during the holidays is car trouble. Being stuck on the side of the road in cold weather is the last thing you want to do on your vacation, but it can also be dangerous, such as if you happen to blow a tire while driving on a highway at high speeds. To help deter some of these incidents, bring your car in for an inspection and any necessary maintenance, particularly on your tires, which need to be winter-ready and properly inflated for the long drive.
Prepare an emergency kit with necessary tools, such as a spare tire, carjack, and jumper cables, for car troubles you could experience on the road. Also, be prepared for first aid and other types of emergencies. Keep the emergency kit in your car as well.