6 Winter Road Trip Tips

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(Newswire.net — September 28, 2018) — Winter is on it’s way, and that means winter road trips! Going on trips with family or friends is great, but you’ll want to be prepared for what can happen if you’re driving in the winter. Here’s what you’ll want to think about before hitting the road this winter.

1. Get Pre-Roadtrip a Tune Up

Go to your mechanic to make sure that your car is ready for a long winter drive. Even if you drive long distances during the summer, the winter is much harder on your car, and getting help on the road in the winter is tricky. Get on the road with confidence when you check with your auto body shop first and winterize your vehicle.

2. Be Prepared for Night Driving

Because Canadian winters mean shorter days, you’ll likely be driving in the dark even if you start your trip early in the morning. Make sure that your headlights and high beams are working properly, and take the necessary driving precautions if you find driving at night difficult.

3. Prepare an Emergency Kit

Driving in the winter means driving over heavy snow, ice, and slippery surfaces. On top of preparing your vehicle, you’ll want to have an emergency hit in case your car breaks down on the highway. An emergency kit should have non-perishable food items, survival candle, matches, a reflective vest, a phone charger, a cell phone, a flashlight, traction mats, blankets, windshield wiper fluid, an ice scraper, and antifreeze. Remember that even if you call for help in the winter, it may take time for assistance to get to you, so always be prepared.

4. Check Your Coverage

Make sure that you’re covered for any and all possible mishaps that may arise while you’re on your trip. Many insurance companies require winterized vehicles in order to remain covered during the winter season. Contact your current provider to see what is necessary to make the most of your coverage. If your current provider is not giving you adequate coverage, compare your auto insurance to others on the market to make sure you’re getting a policy that fits your needs.

5. Pick Your Location Carefully

According to Off Track Travel, “Due to adverse weather conditions and lack of visitors, many attractions in Canada have either reduced hours or are completely closed in winter. A lot of provincial and territorial parks will have limited access or will be completely closed to visitors.”

6. Don’t Ignore The Weather

It’s crucial to check the weather forecast before getting on the road. If you’re going to be driving in difficult conditions, postpone your trip if possible. Driving in poor conditions will slow you down by up to 50%, so it may be worthwhile to just wait it out so that you can drive normally.

Winter road trips can be lots of fun if they’re done safely. Remember to always be prepared before you head off on your trip, and make sure that your car insurance policy is up to date and covers you and your family effectively.