3 Tips For Taking A Road Trip During The Winter Months
Just because the weather is going to start getting colder and snowier soon doesn’t mean that your needs or desire for travel is going to abate. But to keep yourself and other drivers safe, it’s wise to know what you can and should do as you prepare to hit the road.
To help you in doing this, here are three tips for taking a road trip during the winter months.
Travel At The Most Opportune Times
The time that you travel during the day and during each month will have a big difference in how safe the roads are during your road trip.
According to Michael Hodson, a contributor to TripSavvy.com, you should try to avoid being in big cities during rush hour traffic, especially if it’s just snowed or the temperatures are below freezing. While being in rush hour traffic can be dangerous in the best of situations, being on the roads with trucks and other vehicles means that not only do you have to be a safe driver, but you have to rely on the safety of the other drivers around you. So to give yourself the best chance of avoiding an accident with a truck or other vehicle, you should plan your road trip so you aren’t in any bigger cities during their rush hour.
In addition to avoiding rush hour traffic, it’s also wise to try to avoid holiday traffic by leaving earlier or later than most other people. And if there’s a winter storm forecasted on your path, consider hunkering down until the threat has passed.
Bring The Right Equipment
If you’re road tripping in the winter, you’re going to need to have some equipment in the car with you just in case you get into a scary situation.
Ideally, Adil Khan, a contributor to Reader’s Digest Canada, shares that you should make sure your vehicle has tires that handle well in the snow. Along with this, you’ll want to bring a snow scraper so you can see out your windows, a shovel in case you get stuck, and some kitty litter to give you traction on the ice.
Plan To Take Frequent Stops
Driving during bad winter weather can be a very stressful experience. Knowing this, Amy Whitley, a contributor to U.S. News and World Report, you should try to take a break every few hours or after a particularly scary section of road. This will give you and your passengers the chance to stretch out, release some of your tension, and get your head back in the game before hitting the road again.
If you’re wanting to take a road trip this winter season, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you stay safe on your travels.