One of the best things about the holidays is seeing family and friends. However, that often means driving in winter conditions to get to them. Winter storms, bad weather, frigid temperatures and sloppy road conditions can make winter long distance driving unpredictable and dangerous. Accident Recovery Team has compiled some tips to keep you and your family safe during winter road trips.
Prepare for the Long Distance Trip
When driving in the winter, be prepared for anything that could happen. Before even getting on the road, have your vehicle checked to make sure everything is in working order. This includes ensuring you have properly inflated tires with plenty of tread on them. Also check the weather along your route before embarking on a long distance road trip. If bad weather looks likely, consider delaying your trip.
You can also update your vehicle’s emergency kit to include items specifically for winter. This should include extra food and water, warm clothing, a flashlight, a glass scraper, blankets, medications, and more. Also keep at least half a tank of fuel in your vehicle at all times to avoid being stranded. Lastly, before hitting the road, notify others and let them know your route, destination and estimated time of arrival.
Stuck a Long Way From Home
Even with the best research and forethought, unforeseen circumstances happen. Getting stuck in the snow can be a terrifying experience when on a long distance trip so far from home. Here are a few things to keep in mind when that happens:
- Stay Put: Your vehicle provides shelter and makes it easier to locate you. If snow is blowing, walking away from the vehicle could cause you to lose sight of your vehicle. Getting stuck during a long distance road trip means you could become lost in an unfamiliar area.
- Listen to Your Body: When digging out your vehicle, stop and take a break if you become tired.
- Be Visible: Use a brightly colored cloth on the vehicle’s antenna at the top of a rolled up window to signal distress. At night, keep the dome light on if possible. It uses minimal electricity and helps rescuers find you.
- Clear the Exhaust Pipe: Wipe out any snow, ice or mud from the exhaust pipe. A blocked exhaust pipe can leak deadly carbon monoxide gas inside the vehicle while the engine is running.
- Stay Warm: Use what you can to insulate your body from the cold. Don’t rule out floor mats, newspapers or paper maps.
- Conserve Fuel: Only run the engine and heater long enough to remove the chill to help conserve fuel.
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