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Holiday Road Trip Tips


Dear Editor,

Many Americans are stretching their dollars to make a trip home for the holidays. While driving is the thrifty option, unexpected vehicle repairs can bust the budget this time of year. Following the three Ps – prepare, prevent and plan – in advance of a holiday road trip will help avoid the hassle and expense of unplanned car trouble away from home.

Prepare. Conduct a pre-trip vehicle inspection. If you find your vehicle needs repairs, be sure to address them in a timely manner so they can be performed by a trusted technician before your journey. While it may be tempting to put off repairs until after the holidays, it is not worth the risk and added expense of more extensive work down the road.

Prevent. The last thing any driver needs is to break down in cold, harsh winter weather. A pre-winter vehicle check is a sensible way to avoid the inconvenience of being stranded out in the cold as well as costly emergency towing and repairs.

Plan. Before traveling longer distances, plan your route and review the Car Care Council’s steps to better fuel economy to maximize savings at the pump. Pack a road emergency kit, including jumper cables, a road atlas, first-aid kit, flashlight with extra batteries, water, non-perishable food and blankets, and be sure your cell phone is fully charged.

The Car Care Council’s free 80-page Car Care Guide not only makes a great stocking stuffer, but it will help you and your loved ones drive smart and save money during the holidays and all year through.



Rich White

Executive Director,

Car Care Council



Thanks For Giving


Dear Editor,

The fifth annual #GivingTuesday proved to be a success! Millions of donors from all over the globe gave funds to help thousands of nonprofits fulfill their missions.

Community Hospice would like to extend a special thank you to all of our generous donors who gave to Community Hospice on #GivingTuesday. It is through your generosity that we are able to follow our mission of providing compassionate and quality care, education and support to terminally ill patients and their families, regardless of ability to pay.

For those that would still like to give, our mailing addresses are: 4368 Spyres Way, Modesto, CA 95356, 209-578-6370; 2431 W. March Lane, Suite 100, Stockton, CA 95207, 209-477-6300 or



Community Hospice Staff