A Few Things To Remember Traveling The Roads This Winter

A Few Things To Remember Travelling The Roads This Winter

Travelling during the winter travel season is a bit different than travelling any other time of the year, but there are many general driving guidelines that will keep you safe no matter the season.

It’s responsible to brush up on your road knowledge before heading out on a winter vacation, just to give your travel party a bit more comfort while you’re behind the wheel.

If you’re not really sure where to begin, you’re in the right place.  Read through this brief overview of a few things to remember while travelling the roads this winter, and start your journey with confidence.

 

Prepare your vehicle for the journey

Before you hit the roads, make sure your vehicle is roadworthy.  Your tires need to have sufficient air pressure and tread.  Old tires won’t stick to the road as well under hazardous conditions, and you could put yourself at risk.

Your vehicle’s fluids should be checked and filled, and add some deicing fluid to your windshield wiper reservoir to maintain a clear windshield in extremely snowy/cold conditions.

 

Mind the culture of truckers

Anytime you’re driving on the interstate, it’s important to keep a keen eye on the 18-wheelers travelling the same roadways.  Understanding a few things about the culture of truckers will also help you to be a more competent road buddy.

Some key things to remember include the fact that semi trucks are much heavier than your vehicle, so they cannot stop on a dime.  Don’t pull in front of a trucker and slow down.

When merging into a lane with a semi truck, be direct in your approach and keep your distance.  Lollygagging around when passing or merging will only cause a higher risk of collision.

 

Pack an emergency winter survival kit

Anytime you’re planning a road trip in the dead of winter, you need to pack an emergency winter survival kit.  Blankets, nonperishable snacks, bottled water, and an emergency method of communication are great to bring along for tough times.

 

Pack snow gear just in case

Pack the right tools to equip your vehicle for driving in heavy winter weather conditions.  Bring chains for your tires, and bring a snow shovel to dig out your tires.

You don’t want to be stuck at your hotel after a night of heavy snow.  It may be a good idea to add a bag of salt or sand to your preparation package as well for the purpose of gaining traction in a slippery situation.

 

Scout your route before leaving

Before heading out on your winter road trip, scout out the route you’ll be driving.  Check the weather predictions and current conditions, so you know what to expect.