With winter upon us, traveling can go from a mild inconvenience to an awful gauntlet of dangerous conditions, especially if you aren’t prepared. Here are a few easy tips not only for short commutes but longer travels as well.
4 Cold Weather Travel Musts
Base camp. When you’re out in the elements in your car or truck, your vehicle is your base camp. Make sure you are stocked with winter travel supplies which may include an ice scraper, tire chains, a collapsible snow shovel, among other tools. You may also want to supply yourself with some hand warmer packets, which generate heat for up to ten hours, and can make cold weather a lot more bearable.
Scrape smart. When removing snow from your car, work from the top and go down. Before opening any doors, brush off the top seam of your door so snow doesn’t blow in onto your seats. If you don’t have an ice scraper, a plastic card (like a credit card, but not a credit card, in case it breaks!) will scrape your window in a pinch.
Prep your vehicle. The most dangerous winter driving conditions could turn out to be a warm day that turns the snow to loose slush if you don’t have enough windshield wiper fluid. Make sure your car is prepared not just with seasonal tires, but with those small but crucial features like wiper fluid as well.
Take a picture. When you pull into a hotel for the night, snap a picture of the back of your car with your smartphone before walking in to check in. This way if the hotel needs your vehicle info for parking, you have it all handy and don’t have to go back out to fetch it. This is especially convenient if you’re driving a rental car.
Regardless of your reason for traveling, we wish you a safe winter driving season. If you’re in the market for a new truck, RV, hauler, or horse trailer (among other vehicles), please browse our selection today!