Holiday Road Trip Essentials: Safety Tips and Fun Activities

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The holiday season is upon us, and there’s nothing quite like packing up the car for a festive road trip. But before you set out to make memories, Lonsdale Auto Works wants to ensure your journey is not just fun, but also safe. As trusted technicians in Lonsdale, MN, we’re here to provide you with tips to prepare your vehicle for the trip and suggest some activities that can make your drive more enjoyable.

Safety First: Pre-Trip Vehicle Checklist

  1. Tire Inspection: The condition of your tires is vital. Check the tread depth and look for any signs of uneven wear or damage. Don’t forget to check the tire pressure, including the spare. Properly inflated tires improve vehicle handling and can help prevent blowouts.
  2. Fluid Levels: Your vehicle relies on various fluids to run smoothly. Check your oil, coolant, brake, and windshield-washer fluids. Top them up if necessary or come in for a quick service at Lonsdale Auto Works before your departure.
  3. Lights and Signals: Ensure that your headlights, brake lights, turn signals, and emergency flashers are all working correctly. Visibility is key during winter travels.
  4. Brake Check: Your brakes are your best friend when it comes to safety. If you hear any unusual noises or if the pedal feels spongy, have them checked out by our professionals at 616 Industrial Drive SE, Lonsdale, MN.
  5. Battery Performance: Cold weather can be tough on batteries. If your battery is more than three years old, it’s wise to have it tested to ensure it’s charged and ready for the road.
  6. Emergency Kit: Pack an emergency kit that includes items like blankets, a flashlight, a first-aid kit, snacks, water, and any necessary medication.

Once your vehicle is road-ready, it’s time to focus on the fun!

Fun Travel Activities:

  1. Holiday Playlist: Compile a playlist of everyone’s favorite holiday tunes. Singing along to classic carols can be a delightful way to pass the time and get into the holiday spirit.
  2. Festive Games: Plan some car-friendly holiday games. “Holiday Bingo” with sights you might see along the way, or “Guess the Gift” where passengers describe a gift and others guess what it is, can be great fun for all ages.
  3. Scenic Stops: Research your route for any holiday displays or winter wonderlands. Planning a stop to stretch your legs and take in a festive sight can break up the trip nicely.
  4. Comfort and Joy: Pack cozy blankets, pillows, and even a favorite holiday storybook or movie (for passengers, not the driver!) to make the journey more comfortable and joyful.
  5. Memory Making: Give each person a disposable camera or use your smartphone to capture moments along the way. These photos can be great additions to holiday cards or keepsake books.

At Lonsdale Auto Works, we’re committed to ensuring your vehicle is safe for all your holiday travels. If you’re in the Lonsdale area, give us a call at 507-744-3304 for a pre-trip checkup or visit us online at to schedule an appointment. Remember, a well-prepared vehicle is the foundation of a memorable holiday road trip. Safe travels and happy holidays from your friends at Lonsdale Auto Works!

KC Eyton


KC Eyton is our Light Duty Auto Technician where she serves in support for our other technicians and provides inspection, maintence and tire services and assists the front counter. KC has been with us since 2021.

Being an automotive technician at LAW has allowed me to learn & do what I’m passionate about. I enjoy the fast-paced environment filled with challenges & feeling a sense of accomplishment when I’ve used my knowledge & experience to solve an issue. I feel very fortunate to be surrounded by wonderful people who care about my personal well-being & professional growth. I love how my boss Scott constantly believes in me. He pushes me to take on projects that I think are way beyond my abilities. I am so grateful for the mentorship & support. This truly creates a family environment where everyone is there for each other. I love my job!

Chris Waskosky


Chris Waskosky is a Master Auto Technician and has an extensive background in vehicle diagnostics, powertrain management systems and electronics. Chris joined our team in 2011. Chris has a lifetime of mechanical experience from vintage steam engines, to carburetors, to the latest in high-tech modern automobile systems.

Along with having a fun work environment, I enjoy a variety of jobs I can do. One vehicle may be an oil change, but the next vehicle may be using a lab scope to find a communication problem between computers. Every day brings new vehicles and new challenges.

Denise Davis

Service Manager

Service Manger, Denise Davis joined our team in 2018. Her experience in customer service, retail sales as well as store & employee management is extensive.

Denise has a great ability to transform the complexity of modern automobiles into easy to understand explanations that help bring comfort & confidence to our clients. Whether dealing with a simple oil change or a complete engine replacement, she will take the time to explain the issues in a manner that is understandable and she provides our clients with the information required to help them make an informed decision about their vehicle repairs. She is always willing to help with whatever questions & concerns you may have.

Scott Palava


Lonsdale Auto Works was founded in 2005 by owner, Scott Pelava.

As an ASE-Certified Master Auto Technician, Advanced Engine Performance Specialist, Undercar Specialist, and Service Consultant, he saw the need for a more modern auto service center in the fast growing community of Lonsdale. A strong background in domestic and import vehicles helped formed the vision of what Lonsdale Auto Works is today.

Starting with one apprentice, he built a reputation for quality service and fair pricing. As the need arose, additional technicians joined his team to keep up with our customers’ need for fast, quality service.

Scott is also very active in the community. He is currently in his fourth term as a Lonsdale City Council Member. He has held numerous leadership positions with the local Boy Scout Troop and at the District and Council levels. He is the Past President of the Chamber of Commerce and a past member of the Lonsdale Lions Club.

Scott has been recognized multiple times for his contributions to the auto repair industry. In 2017 he founded ASOG (Auto Shop Owners Group) in an effort to provide support to other repair shop owners. The organization has grown to the largest in the world. As a result, Scott was named in the Top 100 People in World the Automotive & Transportation as well as listed in the Marquis Who’s Who of Business in America.