Winter weather can be tricky. Lots of us have never had to drive in winter weather before. I know that when I first had to it was definitely a huge surprise how different it was from everyday driving. There was so much that I had to learn and adapt to doing. East Hills Jeep wants you to enjoy your time even when the weather is cooler but you will also need to be safe doing it. Here are some tips for travel in winter weather that are sure to help you.
Making sure to stick to main roads and highways when you can is going to be your best bet for travel. Also, try and find the flattest roads possible that you can. This means avoiding hills and any roads that may have a sloping surface that will increase your chances of sliding.
Even though night time travel can not always be avoided, during winter weather travel in daylight is the best. Roads will tend to freeze over when the sun goes down making it a little more of a hazard. Also, if you can please always try to travel with someone else.
Being prepared for something going wrong and you becoming stranded is so important. A lot of people may not think about this and it will leave them mighty cold, but pack up blankets in your car. You will also want to have beverages with you such as bottle water so that if you are out there for a little while you will not become dehydrated.
Something else people tend not to think about when they head out in winter weather is to tell someone else where you are going. When someone knows that you are out on the road and for some reason you don’t show to your destination, they will know something is wrong. Also let them know when you will be returning home, just incase you make it to your destination but not back home in a timely manner.
If by some chance, you get caught in a storm that causes you to stop, you will want to make sure that you pull off to the side and flash those hazard lights. You will also want to remain in your car and put some kind of marker so that rescue teams will be able to identify you.
We all don’t want to think about being stranded out on a blizzard, but if you are you will want to run your engine every 10 minutes to generate heat. Open up your window a crack so that some sort of ventilation gets in and also keep an eye on the exhaust and remove any snow that blocks it. If you will end up being stranded at night, you will need some sort of light so that a crew can find you.
Staying safe during winter weather driving is something that is so important. When all else fails, just stay at home. Chancing going out when a storm is forecasted is just not the thing to do. Unless it is absolutely necessary, then just stick to those main roads and drive with caution.