Staying Safe During the Holiday Season
As the holidays approach, more people are out and about. Whether your next, destination is shopping at the mall, cooking at your mother’s house, or picking your child up from college, it is important to be aware of your surroundings and keep your car well maintained and organized. Taking a few preventative measures can help keep your holiday season going smoothly. Pep Boys wishes you and yours a safe, happy and peaceful holiday season.
Online Holiday Shopping Tips
- Make sure your personal computer is secure before surfing the web. Update your anti-virus, anti-spyware and anti-spam software.
- Make sure the website you are shopping on is secured with an SSL (secure sockets layer) encryption. You should see “https” in the URL and a locked padlock at the bottom of your screen.
- Check your bank statements regularly so you don’t overlook fraudulent charges. If you see any suspicious charges, call your bank and credit card company as soon as possible to quickly resolve the issue.
- Be wary of bargains from companies that are unfamiliar to you. It’s easy to be pulled on to an unsecure site when searching for deals through search engines
- Keep your password and personal information private. Do not respond to “phishing” emails, including those asking you to verify your password or credit card information unless you initiated the contact.
- If one of these tips remains unchecked for you, stop by a Pep Boys. Our preventative maintenance services can check over your car to take care of problems before something goes wrong. Repair services can quickly get you back on the road if something does go wrong.
Safe Traveling Tips
- Before you hit the road to visit family and friends bring your car to Pep Boys for an inspection. There’s nothing worse than running into car trouble while you’re already on the road. We offer preventative maintenance, repair services, and performance tuning and aftermarket electronic services.
- Make sure your tires are in great shape before traveling in cold and snowy conditions. A new set of snow tires will guarantee your vehicle better traction and sharper grip when driving to your destination in harsh winter conditions.
- It’s important to be prepared for unexpected weather that may arise. Make sure your vehicle is stocked with the necessary emergency supplies including a windshield scraper, emergency supply kit, flares, and first aid kit.
- If you’re a road trip planner, be sure to use a GPS so you can arrive to your destination safely, especially if you’re traveling to an unfamiliar location.
- Avoid driving distractions by securing your GPS with a dash caddy on your dash so you can clearly hear the directions, even in the event of a reroute.
- Create extra cabin space with a rooftop carrier. You can also keep the inside of your vehicle organized with an over the seat organizer and reusable trash bags to keep clutter away.
- Hit the road with confidence. Use a car charger to keep your cell phone and mobile device batteries from running low. And don’t forget to bring a battery jump starter pack just in case your car won’t start.