It’s that magical time of year again – Winter! This is the time of year when snow, ice, and the elements make our travel a little more precarious than it already is. Driving in the winter time, especially over long distances to visit family and friends, can seem like a daunting task. However, there are steps / precautions you can take to help assist your travel being as stress free / safe as possible.
- Be sure your vehicle is winter road ready.
- It is a good idea to have your vehicle inspected by a licensed and insured mechanic to ensure its winter readiness. Ask your mechanic to check your tires, headlights, and tail lights especially.
- Pack an emergency kit for your vehicle.
- Including items such as winter hats, gloves, scarves, and the like will help you if your vehicle breaks down in the winter.
- Including non-perishable food items like granola & nutrition bars, will help if you are broken down for a period of time and do not have access to food.
- Including items like a hand-held radio & batteries may assist you in receiving information about potential winter storms, or breaks in the weather in case you break down.
- Check the weather before you drive
- Checking the weather along your planned route of travel can assist in mitigating any potential issues. If the weather looks to be unfavorable, and you are able to, you may want to consider delaying your trip, or looking for an alternative route of travel.
Traveling any time of the year can be a hassle and stressful. Road and weather conditions in the winter add extra stress to this. However, if you take certain precautions, you may be able to decrease your stress and better prepare yourself for issues that may arise during your trip.