The winter holidays are right around the corner, and there’s no better time to discuss travel safety tips. In this blog post, we’ll cover five ways you can make holiday travel safer this year.
Let the weather guide your travel planning.
Start watching long-term weather reports several days before you travel. Use this information to help you guide your planning. Aim to travel on the days when the weather forecast promises the best conditions.
Leave plenty of extra time to get to your destination.
In snowy or icy road conditions, the one thing that will help you avoid an accident is to slow down. It’s easier to slow down and take your time when your schedule allows for it. Leave early and, when possible, schedule a window of time to arrive instead of a specific moment.
Pack your car’s emergency kit before bad weather strikes.
An emergency kit can only help you if you have one when you need it. Plan ahead by packing your car’s emergency kit before the first snowfall. Include essentials like water and dry foods, sources of warmth like extra clothes and blankets, a flashlight or lantern, a shovel, and a dry medium like cat litter to help create traction.
Get a vehicle inspection before you hit the road.
A vehicle inspection before any long trip can help ensure a safer drive. Make sure your tires, lights, brakes, and other vehicle systems are working properly. If you need an oil change, get one before you leave, so you don’t have to worry about it while you’re on the road.
Post to social media with caution while you’re gone.
Social media is a great way to keep your friends informed about your adventures. Unfortunately, it’s also a great way for anyone with an interest in you or your belongings to keep track of you as well. While you’re away, avoid making posts that reveal the fact that you’re not at home. Save your winter holiday and vacation photos for your return.