Road trips can be fun any time of the year, but when winter season arrives they get a little harder. If you’re looking to enjoy a winter road trip but not quite sure how to get prepared, then you’ve come to the right place. Today I’m going to share some ways you can stay safe and plan a winter road trip that you’ll actually enjoy!
Tips to Stay Safe and Enjoy Your Winter Road Trip
Check Your Car
Make sure your car can handle cold weather. You’ll want to schedule a winter car maintenance appointment with your local car dealership. This will include checking your tires, fluids and everything the mechanic feels is necessary to get your car winter ready.
Be sure to look ahead at the local weather forecast before you venture out on your winter road trip. This will ensure you stay safe and can enjoy the scenery during your road trip. You’ll want to check the local area weather each day before you map out your daily driving itinerary.
Pack an Emergency Kit
There’s no way you’ll be prepared for everything, so make sure you have an emergency kit on hand. This road trip emergency kit needs to include hand warmers, flares in case of a breakdown, and the every day normal band-aids, antibiotic ointment, and things like that. I usually keep some pain relievers in mine.
Learn Winter Driving Techniques
Listen, I know you might think you’re the best driver ever, but even the best drivers can meet their match during some winter conditions. Make sure you learn some winter driving techniques before you head out on a road trip in winter.
Set a Reasonable Schedule
When planning your winter road trip be sure you’re setting a reasonable schedule. This means taking into account the areas that may get worse winter weather than others so that you can take a slower time driving during bad winter conditions, or stay in a motel during those times.
When you opt to take a road trip when winter weather is forecast, the biggest tip I have to help you enjoy it and stay safe is to go slow, plan ahead, and make sure your local car dealership says your car is road worthy for this road trip. Once you’ve taken the time to prepare for your next winter road trip, get in that car and head out there to enjoy what the world has to offer you!