Whether you’re going to your family’s place for the holidays or just need a winter getaway, taking a winter road trip requires extra planning and care. Follow these tips to have a safe vacation this winter.
1. Inspect your car
No one wants to get stuck on the side of the road in the middle of winter. Before you head out on your trip, check the oil, test the heater, and refill the washer fluid. Inspect the tires and add air if necessary. And it can’t hurt to take your car to the dealership and get an inspection done.
2. Pack an emergency kit
If you do break down, an emergency kit can keep you warm and fed and even help you get back on the road. Keep snacks and water, shovels and sand or cat litter to help you dig your way out, flares so other drivers can avoid you, jumper cables, and a first aid kit.
3. Give yourself extra time
Driving in the winter takes longer than in the summer, especially if you’re taking a holiday road trip. Leave extra early so you don’t feel the need to rush on the road.
4. Use caution while driving
Winter driving is just more dangerous than driving at other times of the year, thanks to shorter days and inclement weather. Slow down, and leave plenty of space between you and other cars so you have more room to stop suddenly.
Before you leave for your trip, stop by and see our Service team at Blaise Alexander Chevrolet in Greencastle to ensure that your vehicle is ready. Safe travels!