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Cold Weather Travel Checklist

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

How to pack your car for winter travel

Getting ready to drive in winter weather?
Some people end up traveling in snowy or icy areas for the first time. Others find unusual weather conditions leave them driving in areas that are were not planning for. Yet others are used to traveling through ice and snow and become so comfortable they forget to take basic wise plans for cold weather travel.

No matter how you end up driving through wintery conditions, here is a handy list of ideas and items you might want to make habitual when you are traveling in your car in the winter -- just to make sure you are prepared for the unexpected.

√ Before leaving on a road trip, check out the road conditions and the weather forecast to be forewarned about potential problems and route detours.

√ Then check your tires, wiper blades and general car condition. Make sure you start out will a full tank of fuel and plan your trip with fuel availability in mind.

√ Some people end up traveling in snowy or icy areas for the first time. Others find unusual weather conditions leave them driving in areas that are were not planning for. Yet others are used to traveling through ice and snow and become so comfortable they forget to take basic wise plans for cold weather travel.

√ No matter how you end up driving through wintery conditions, here is a handy list of ideas and items you might want to check on to make sure you are prepared for the unexpected.

√ Before leaving on a road trip, check out the road conditions and the weather forecast to be forewarned about potential problems and route detours.

√ Then check your tires, wiper blades and general car condition. Make sure you start out will a full tank of fuel and plan your trip so you are not likely go run short.

√ Bring chains and battery chargers.

√ Bring extra clothes and/or an extra jacket – just to be sure you don't suffer from cold or wet. A fold-up raincoat and umbrella are also goo things to keep in your car.

√ Carry printed maps of the areas you will be traveling through and don't depend exclusively on technology.

√ Always carry extra water in your car. If you ever get stuck it's good to have water on hand to drink – or even to add to an overheated radiator.

√ Keep a basic first aid kit, a blanket and a flashlight in the car. You may want to keep your batteries separate but with your batteries so they stay fresh.

√ Always let someone know when you leave on a trip – even a short one – and when you plan to arrive so someone will know if you are overdue.

√ If something should happen when you are on the road, stay close to your automobile. That is the first place that people will be searching for you.

√ Bring tire chains and battery chargers.

√ Bring extra clothes and/or an extra jacket – just to be sure you don't suffer from cold or wet. A fold-up raincoat and umbrella are also good things to keep in your car year round.

√ Carry printed maps of the areas you will be traveling through and don't depend exclusively on technology.

√ Always carry extra water in your car. If you ever get stuck it's good to have water on hand to drink – or even to add to an overheated radiator.

√ Keep a basic first aid kit, a blanket and a flashlight in the car. You may want to keep your batteries separate but taped to your flashlight so they stay fresh.

√ Always let someone know when you leave on a trip – even a short one – and also when you plan to arrive, so someone will know if you are overdue.

√ If something should happen when you are on the road, stay close to your automobile. That is the first place that people will be searching for you.


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