How To Prepare For A Winter Road Trip
Claire Miles - January 7, 2022

Winter road trips can be amazing experiences that give you a chance to see the world and join with family and friends for an interesting experience. However, winter travel also brings its own challenges – you might need to drive slowly and carefully on ice, snow, and even through flooded areas. You might need to deal with Google Maps inaccuracies as well as having to carry things like bottled water, blankets, and shovels, and you might even need to carry an ice scraper in case your windows iced over. Luckily, there are many things you can do to make your winter road trip go without a hitch. So if you’re looking to spice up your winter, take an adventure and read on to get our best tips!

 

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A well-planned trip looks forward to the weather. Check the forecast and make sure you know what could happen on your journey ahead. If there is a storm incoming, take that into account and postpone your trip. Also, make sure to check road conditions in the areas you plan on driving through. Road updates are posted online by different departments, including local municipalities and transportation authorities. You can plan your route ahead of time or you can use Google Maps to safely navigate the roads. Before hitting the road, make sure your car is in running in order. If it won’t start, don’t even think about taking off! In order to enjoy a winter road trip, you need to be able to drive safely, which means a bit of preparation. Make sure everything in your car is up-to-date, including fluids and windshield wipers.

 

One thing that can help keep you safe on the roads in winter is thinking ahead and anticipating what other drivers might do. This allows you to be prepared. Be careful of drivers who are overconfident and do not slow down, as they might slip on the ice or lose control of their car. Also, it is probably best to wear normal clothes instead of warm ones because you don’t want too much weight on your body that could weigh you down or make it harder for you to control the car. You also can’t forget to make sure you pack a winter first aid kit, some snacks, and water. If it happens to snow, put some extra distance between yourself and the car ahead of you because it is harder to stop when there’s a layer of snow on your windshield. Drive more slowly and carefully than you normally would. This will help reduce the risk of accidents on icy roads. But remember, have fun, cozy up, put on some good music, and you’re on your way!

 

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