Road Trip Tips; Winter Edition
Winter road trips are different. It is a very different ballgame from any other season. With the right travel tools, car travel tips and preparation it can be enjoyable, fun and most importantly, safe.
Here are five car travel tips for winter road trips that can help you travel with ease:
One: Figure out how to get there and how long the trip will take
Technology makes this part easy. If you have an android or iphone you have a map feature built in. These tools will give you the quickest time and route in order for you to travel from Point A to Point B. It will also show you a general map on how to get there.
Map your driving route and create a plan for your road trip with any of these tools and you have taken the first step in a successful winter road trip.
Two: Plan out s topping points en-route to your destination
If you hate driving in the dark or can’t drive for a long time, knowing your stopping points are essential. During the winter holiday season, the days are short and hotels may be fully booked; so be sure to plan out your stopping points in advance.
You may want to plan your hotel reservations and meal stops using these stopping points as your guide.
Having a planned itinerary with travel routes and stopping points is a great way to let friends and family know where you are each day. It is particularly important if you are driving in remote areas, mountainous routes and places away from cities. In some areas you may lose mobile phone signal even if you have the best devices.
Three: Make sure you “stock up”
Stock your vehicle with plenty of drinking water, proteins bars and snacks. Bring a first aid kit with all the essentials needed for aches and pains. If you are traveling with older parents or grandparents remember to bring their medication and nutritional supplements. Families who travel with pets may need to think about food and litter boxes.
Take time to assemble your vehicle with an ice scraper, jumper cables, flashlight, blankets and shovel. Of course you will not need all of these if you are traveling in the southern region of the United States.
Four: Give your vehicle a check up
To be safe, get your vehicle checked by a professional mechanic, like one here at Express Auto. Make sure your windshield wipers are working well, lights, tires, brakes and engine are functioning properly.
Five: Study the weather patterns
The road systems in America are made for traveling safely and are equipped with call in numbers like 911 or 511. According to the US Department of Transportation, 511 is one easy-to-remember number that gives travelers’ choices – choice of time, choice of mode of transportation, choice of route – which saves lives, time and money.
Before leaving on your winter road trips, check the National Weather Service website for weather patterns, watches and warnings.