Successful winter travel goes hand in hand with winter weather preparedness. The most important part of winter travel is arriving at our destinations safe and sound, no matter what sort of ice, snow, or freezing rain might try to stand in our way. With that in mind, here are 10 winter weather travel tips to help you beat the elements and arrive safely.
- Have an emergency kit on hand. If your winter travels beckon you by car be sure to have it stocked with essentials before departing. It doesn’t take much to assemble a preparedness kit and it’s likely a lot more afforable than you’d imagine.
- See and be seen. After your vehicle is inspected for winter weather and equipped properly, make sure you’re always able to see and be seen on the road. Keep headlights, taillights, and windows clean, and check defrosters.
- Slow down. A simple solution for driving in inclement weather is to slow down. Slow down by 50 percent in bad weather, and leave extra space between you and the car in front of you.
- Avoid cruise control. Driving with cruise control is second nature for most of us. However, using cruise control in the snow, ice, or rain is dangerous if your car hydroplanes or skids.
- Not all stretches of road are created equal. It’s important to be aware of your surroundings and look ahead for sharp turns or dips. Be aware that bridges and overpasses ice over faster.
- Choose a morning flight. If you prefer traveling by plane, choose a morning flight. You’ll be less likely to have your flight affected by problems at other airports, and if your flight is canceled or badly delayed your options for alternative flights are greatly increased.
- Watch layover times. If you must fly with a connection, watch layover times carefully. Check the weather at connecting cities, and if possible try to book your connection through a southern city.
- Get ahead of the game at airport security. Before you even get in line, put all gear, pocket change, etc. in a sleeve of your carry-on bag. If you take the time to stow everything, you’ll make up the time on the other side of the security gate.
- Have a plan B. Whether you’re traveling by plane, train, or car, make sure you have a plan B prepared in case disaster (or winter weather) strikes. There’s almost always another way to get where you’re going, so have your options ready before snow hits the metaphoric fan.
- Preparedness products. The best way to handle winter weather: be prepared before it hits. Whether you’re in your car or waiting in an airport, hand-crank radios from Eton Corp can help you stay connected to news, and contact friends and family with the help of its mobile phone charger. Winter preparedness at its finest.
Tell us, what are some other winter weather travel tips?