Driving through wintery conditions and ever-changing roadways can be especially dangerous during the winter months of the year, but that doesn’t have to derail your family’s travel plans. Winter weather can be a bit unpredictable, so arm yourself with knowledge.
Overcome the threat of winter interruptions, and safeguard your family’s chances of having a great time. Here is a brief overview of a few road safety tips for you family’s winter vacation. Read through, and consider how you might secure your “pack” on your next adventure.
Shed some layers in the car
When you’re planning to be in the car for a while, it’s not necessary to bundle your kids or yourself up in layers of clothing. The inside of your vehicle should be warm and cozy.
Adding extra layers of cloth just makes it harder to react with precision to swift changes in driving conditions. Wearing gloves makes your grip on the steering wheel a little less dependable and has caused many unnecessary car accidents. Enjoy the efficiency of your vehicle’s heating system, and shed some layers while you drive.
Pack an emergency road kit
Before hitting the road, make sure you are sufficiently prepared for the good and the possibility of the bad. You don’t want to be stranded on the side of the road in the dead of winter with no survival tools.
Pack a travel safety kit for your winter vacation, and create a little assurance of your family’s safety should the vehicle break down. Make sure to include these vital supplies in your kit.
- Reflector triangles
- Extra food and water
- Spare tire and jack
Keep the kids entertained
When you’re traveling through winter weather with kids in the car, you’ll want them to remain as occupied as possible. Screaming, crying, complaining, or arguing kids are the last thing you need in challenging driving conditions.
Technology has granted a whole slew of different entertainment options for your kids as you drive. Movies, music, games, and more take up little to no cargo space, and will keep your kids calm for hours.
Prepare your vehicle for the roadways
Before you head out into questionable driving conditions, make sure your vehicle is in tip-top shape. Check your tires for adequate tread. Check all of your fluids, including the windshield wiper fluid. In icy conditions, de-icer windshield fluid can save your trip.
Check your route in advance
Google Maps is a great way to check your travel route in advance to make sure there are no major delays. Google’s GPS services will also inform you as to any traffic accidents or road work ahead and offer a rerouting option.