SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – The American Automobile Association (AAA) expects a decrease of nearly 30% in the total number of travelers on vacation amid the pandemic. Predicting a large majority of travelers on vacation, around 81 million in total to leave by car this year, Ryan Kuse is a director at A1 Custom Car Care. He says that while fewer travelers take the roads this year compared to last year, customer traffic from auto stores has been average. He says there has been a recent increase as the holidays approach, which is typical as the holidays approach. “The actual number of clients is about the same. However, it doesn’t seem so spontaneous. Everything seems to be a lot more planned out, and everyone is sort of making those adjustments. Kuse says the most common thing people come for are oil checks and changes. But there are other important things that need to be checked. Windshield wipers: Changing your wipers will improve visibility. Better to change them now as the new year approaches, many people forget when and if they replaced their wiper blades. Check your tires: do not take any risks with your wheels when traveling long distances in winter. Your tire pressure, tread, and wheel alignment are essential to keep your driving smooth. Check all fluids: Take one last look at your fluid levels and make sure they’re all topped up (vital fluids: like engine oils, coolants, and washer fluids) to avoid unnecessary breakdowns during your vacation trip. Don’t Forget Your Winter Emergency Kit: Once your vehicle is safe for the roads, Kuse says there’s another essential item people forget to pack in the winter – a first aid kit. the car. “Make sure you have some sort of emergency supplies box or pack in the vehicle in case of bad weather. If you are traveling in snow or in bad conditions, have water and blankets and that sort of thing, so that you are prepared if you have unscheduled stops. For a full list of things to pack in your emergency, click here. Kuse, says it’s important for a qualified technician to review all the safety features of your vehicle and remind you of any overdue repairs that might have been overlooked or overlooked. Although stores may still have availability during the holidays, Kuse recommends calling and checking before picking up your vehicle. To report a correction or typo, please email [email protected] All all rights are reserved. .