If you’re planning a road trip you need to know that winter road trips require a little more thought. Here, we’re going to look at some of the risks you should be aware of and what to do to make sure you’re ready for them.
Breakdowns are more likely
Even when you are careful, you should always be ready for the worst. With that in mind, do not go on a road trip unless you have an emergency breakdown kit. This includes provisions to keep you warm, jumper cables, and food and water to tide you over.
Know who can help you
One of the things you should always carry in your car is a spare phone and charger. Alongside that, prepare a list of local breakdown service providers for each area you’re going through. Otherwise, you might be waiting for another motorist to stop and offer help. This is especially important if you plan on travelling through any rural areas.
Regular cars might not be well equipped for it
In order to reduce the risk of breakdown and accidents along the way, you should take the time to ensure that you’re bringing a vehicle that’s better equipped to handle the roads in winter. Sturdier vehicles like a pick-up truck or RV might be just what you need, but they could use a little help to get winter-ready. A truck repair shop can inspect your vehicle and maintain it so that failure is significantly less likely. However, it’s the winterization services they can offer that might be the most best suited to your needs. This can include protections for your fuel tank, and topping up on antifreeze to protect the plumbing system throughout the vehicle.
Plan your drives sensibly
Road trips offer freedom, but it’s a good idea to have a loose plan to follow. Most importantly, you want to make sure that the roads ahead are going to be safe. This means keeping checking ahead for road conditions. If you hear of any accidents or unsafe roads, take an alternative route. Otherwise, pay close attention to the weather and ensure you’re not on the road for the worst of it.
Know that destinations are going to change their offerings
Lastly, if you’re planning to take a popular route, do your best to research ahead of time. Look at some of the top winter holiday destinations and check ahead on attraction hours. Most landmarks and things like historic buildings are going to remain roughly the same, but even the services that run them and provide things like tours might not be open in the winter.
If you’re able to arrange a road trip, whether it’s alone or with friends, this winter, do be smart and ensure that you’re protected against some of the most common causes of disasters.