Winter driving tips to help you arrive safely
Driving when there a lot of people on the roads is always tricky, but it becomes especially trick in December when everyone is traveling for the holidays. Weather in some parts of the country can be so unpredictable that it causes holiday travel nightmares, whether you’re flying or driving. So whether you’re traveling for the holidays or just trying to get around town, here are a few winter driving tips to help you survive winter and arrive to your destination safely.
Clear off All Snow
This may seem like a no brainer, but it is crucial that all snow is cleared off of cars prior to driving. This includes not only the windshield, but also the roof, the hood, and the trunk. Snow can fly off of your car while driving at high speeds and can hit another car, causing damage or an accident. Ensure that this doesn’t happen and make sure all of the snow is cleared off of your car before you set out on your travels.
Check the Weather Forecast
Keep an eye on the weather the week leading up to your holiday travel date. Watch not only the weather at your destination and the location you’re traveling from, but also the area where you will be traveling through. If possible, be flexible and try to change your travel date or travel route to avoid winter storms that may be headed your direction.
It’s never a good idea to travel when you’re fatigued, so one of the more crucial winter driving tips is to make sure you get plenty of rest the night before you drive, especially if you have a long drive. If it’s a drive that you’ve taken many times and feel like you know like the back of your hand, you’re more likely to get bored and zone out. Ensure that you get plenty of sleep so you’re not fatigued on top of bored during your holiday travel. Drink plenty of water and ensure that you’re healthy for driving.
Prepare Your Car for Winter Driving
If you know you’re going to be driving through winter conditions, make sure your car is ready. Always have a half of a tank or more of gas in your car, have a winter kit in your car with blankets, extra food, and extra clothes, as well as a flashlight and candles. Be sure your cell phone is charge just in case you get stuck so you can call for help.
If You Get Stuck…
If you do happen to get stuck, remember these simple winter driving tips. Don’t leave your car at all; stay in your car to help first responders find you easier. Make sure your exhaust pipe stays clear of snow. Don’t run your car nonstop; run it for short periods of time to warm the inside, then turn it off to conserve gas.