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February 20, 2019

Eight Travel Tips for your Winter Trip

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Heading to your nearby hill to hit the slopes? Whether you are skiing, snowboarding or just looking to get away, trips to these scenic wintery destinations are what some look forward to all year long. Travelling on winding, snowy and sometimes slippery roads can be challenging. Below are some tips to keep you safe as you head to your local mountain for a beautiful winter getaway.

  1. Tune-Up: Top up your coolant, oil and washer fluids in advance of your trip. Check the tread on your tires to make sure they will still keep you safe – or change to your winter tires if available.
  2. Pack Properly: Aside from your board and skis, be sure you have your emergency travel kit packed and ready to go. Included should be a blanket, jumper cables, extra washer fluid, ice scraper, travel shovel, boots with grips and some spare rope for towing.
  3. Assign Roles: Weather is fickle and can quickly change in the winter months. Designate a navigator, weather updater or even DJ ahead of time so everyone knows their role if you come upon a snow squall.
  4. Sun Up: Do not leave your sunglasses at home because the glare from snow on a sunny winter day can be distracting.
  5. Drive Accordingly: Leave more room than normal for the vehicle ahead of you, reduce your speed during snowy times and accelerate gently to reduce skidding on icy conditions.
  6. Stay Connected: Make sure phones are charged, inform others of your route and let people know your approximate time of arrival.
  7. Avoid Cruise Control: If your car hydroplanes and reduces speed in the process, cruise control can automatically accelerate affecting your control on the vehicle.
  8. Pay Attention: Take extra caution when changing lanes, maneuvering around mountainous twists and give yourself extra time for upcoming exits or merges.

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