Each year we travel to visit our family for the Holidays. If you looked at all we packed you might think we were traveling for a week or two, but much of it is emergency preparedness. We learned early some winter travel tips to keep us safe.
One year after returning from our annual Christmas charity show we drove through an area that had a dense frozen fog. The temperature dropped 15 degrees, we could barely see and our truck didn’t seem to like it either because it couldn’t keep the heater warming us up. That is when all the extra blankets came in handy.
Here are some helpful winter travel tips to keep you safe during the colder traveling months.
First before we go any where we make sure our vehicle is ready for the trip.
- Engine Check Up
Cold weather makes engine problems worse, so issues that might seem minor now — like stalling, hard starting, or rough idling—could become costly headaches. Have all engine issues diagnosed and repaired before heading out in the cold (and be sure to find a shop with certified technicians to avoid shoddy work or overcharging).
- Battery Check
Without a professional inspection, it’s impossible to know your battery’s strength, but you can do preventative work by cleaning the surfaces of the battery and scraping away any corrosion from the cable connections and posts. (Wear gloves and protective eyewear to avoid contact with battery acid and corrosive deposits.)
- Replace Wipers
Bad wipers aren’t just annoying — they’re dangerous. Replace old blades and make sure your washer fluid reservoir is filled at all times. If your climate is particularly harsh, rubber-clad (winter) blades can fight against ice build-up.
- Check Tires
Tire pressure tends to drop in cold weather, so check it several times throughout the winter months. And if the treads on your tires are worn down, have them replaced. Make sure your spare tire and jack are in good condition, too.
Thank you to repairpal.com for these car tips
Pack the vehicle for emergency preparedness
Next we pack our car with these items we may need it may seem like a lot, but better safe then sorry right?
- Bottled Water
- Protein Bars
- First Aid Kit
- Jumper Cables
- Ice Scrapper, small snow shovel
- Road Flares
- Flashlight that winds up so you don’t need batteries
- Kitty litter (for traction when stuck in the snow)
- Toilet Paper
This list doesn’t include warm clothing that I’m sure you have considered already.
Did I miss any Winter Travel Tips?