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 GPS inaccuracies as well as having to carry things like bottled water, blankets, and shovels; 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.
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 a GPS to safely navigate the roads.
Before hitting the road, make sure your car is in running order. If it won’t start, don’t even think about taking off! Make sure that your windshield wipers are in good condition, as well as your defroster, heater and emergency warning lights. You should also use a snow brush to clean off the top of your car before you drive off. If the weather is bad enough, don’t even think about driving without chains!