Road trips are not uncommon during the holiday season. The excitement of visiting your loved ones and creating memories can set the tone for your travel plans.
However, because of inclement weather during the wintertime, staying vigilant can play a big role in your safety. Preparing to drive in cooler weather may improve your safety and confidence this holiday season.
Plan, plan, plan
You have probably spent a lot of time thinking about your trip; who you will visit, your entertainment options and what you will wear. However, planning your travel route and mapping out rest stops should also take priority. According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, preparation for wintertime travel should include the following:
- Checking the condition of each tire’s tread
- Replacing worn floor mats
- Verifying that all vehicle lights work
- Programming your GPS
- Clearing snow and ice your vehicle
- Adjusting your seat to a comfortable position
Keep it realistic
You may feel the anticipation of wanting to get to your destination as soon as possible. However, use caution and do not allow this excitement to replace safe driving habits. Be realistic about the amount of time you will need to travel. Follow posted speed limits and slow down when you encounter ice and slush. Keep your lights on during the daytime when it is snowing or foggy. Give yourself ample travel time so you can feel less rushed and more comfortable taking your time.
If you do sustain injuries in a collision, you may need legal assistance. Working with an attorney can help you to determine how to handle your situation as you recover.