By Madeline Klein on November 30, 2018.
Falling snow can be mesmerizing and beautiful to watch. But it’s not so enjoyable if you have to drive in it. The cold and snowy winter weather can be difficult to drive in. Traffic can pile up, and the danger of getting stuck is high. With some extra prep, though, you won’t have to let the wintery weather slow down any of your winter plans.
1. Give yourself extra travel time
From freak snowstorms to extra slow traffic in bad weather, do yourself a favor and pad your expected travel time. You can avoid feeling rushed, and make sure you get to your destination safe and on time with no speeding necessary.
2. Fill up your windshield wiper fluid
Before you hit the road, you’ll want to be sure your wiper fluid level is up to par. Because wiper fluid is so important for keeping your windshield clear and your visibility high, you never want to be on a road trip and realize you’re low. Basically, you should always keep up on your general car maintenance.
3. Keep a winter survival kit
It’s a good idea to always have an emergency kit in your car, all year round. But in the winter, it’s especially good to have a special winter emergency kit for those cold weather road trips. Pack things like a blanket, sand or kitty litter, gloves, and an extra ice scraper.
4. Get roadside assistance
There’s nothing scarier than getting stuck in bad weather. And with snow and ice on the road, there’s a good possibility it could happen. Make sure you have some kind of Roadside Assistance Coverage in your car insurance policy. Look for coverage that can be used 24/7 to always be safe.
5. Pack a cell phone charger
Most people rarely leave home without their cell phone charged, but you can never be too safe. Invest in a car charger if you haven’t already. This will make sure you’re never caught with a dead phone in a winter emergency. Oh, and make sure your roadside assistance provider is on speed dial.
6. Know the weather forecast
Winter weather can be extremely unpredictable. But you should do everything in your power to know what to expect before you hit the road. Check a couple of different sources to see what weather is being predicted. Plan your route based on the expected weather.
Don’t let the colder weather months keep you from adventures with your friends and family. All you need to do is take some extra precautions, and you can be on the road and enjoying the snow-filled scenes in no time.