If you’re planning on taking a trip with friends or family members this winter, take steps to protect yourself and your loved ones before you hit the road. Be sure to check “safety” off on your packing list before the trip with these 5 winter travel tips.
- Let others know your route. Before you head out, make sure to let others know what kind of vehicle you’ll be traveling in, the route you’ll be taking, your phone number, and your estimated time of arrival. Double-check that your cell phone is fully charged before you leave and keep a battery or rechargeable portable charger on-hand in case of an emergency.
- Keep your gas tank at least half full at all times. As temperatures start to drop, gas lines can freeze up and cause your vehicle to malfunction. Keeping at least half a tank of gas in your vehicle at all times will prevent freezing.
- Bring along enough warmth for the whole group. If your vehicle veers off the road, your first priority should be to keep everyone warm. Before you leave, make sure you pack a blanket, set of gloves, hat, and a pair of warm socks for every member of your group. Stay in the vehicle if you become stranded — it will provide a temporary shelter from cold winds, and it can be easy to lose sight of your vehicle in the middle of a snow storm.
- Avoid distracting the driver. Group trips are fun, but singing, loud music, and talking to the driver can cause an accident in a split second. Keep conversation quiet and avoid taking the driver’s attention off the road if possible.
- Never drive while fatigued. When traveling in a large group, you have the benefit of allowing drivers to take “shifts” behind the wheel. Avoid driving when you feel groggy or sleepy, and make sure every driver in your party gets a full night’s rest before the trip.
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