10 Tips for Winter Travel

Winter is upon us – or very close depending on your tolerance for our current weather. Although most of us like to think we’re pros at traveling in winter weather, it’s never too late for a brief reminder with some tips on how to make sure we arrive at our destination safely. 

  • Take a moment to open up your favorite weather app on your smartphone (or watch the news if you still have a trusty flip phone) and look at the seven-day forecast. Knowing when and where it might snow can make all the difference in arriving on time and staying out of the ditch.
  • Turn your headlights on. This will help ensure other drivers see you.
  • Create a winter survival kit that’s always in your vehicle. Don’t forget to include a flashlight, batteries, blankets and snacks (i.e. granola bars). Have a small shovel and some sand/gravel available if you get stuck in the snow. And always carry a car charger for your cell phone.
  • Take a moment to clear your vehicle prior to travel. Scrape/brush off all windows, front and rear lamps and license plates.
  • Do not let your gas tank drop below a ¼ of a tank. Traffic often slows or stops in the event of an accident. You’ll need enough gas to get you to your destination.
  • Make sure to fill your windshield washer reservoir. Anyone familiar with cold weather climate knows running out can be dangerous when your windshield is covered with salt and slush.
  • Be careful on bridges and overpasses, where both sides of the road are exposed to cold air thus freezing over quicker than most roads.
  • Know your vehicle. Know how it reacts when you brake hard or pump the brakes. Vehicles have different braking systems and you should have a comfort level prior to traveling in winter weather.
  • If the weather calls for snow, let a friend or family know where and when you’re going and most importantly, what time you’ll arrive.
  • Most importantly, take your time. Remember safety is always more important than arriving a few minutes earlier.

For more tips on winter preparedness, check out our Winter Defense blog series.

-Casey Flood

Author

As a mutual insurance company, we operate and exist for the benefit of our policyholders. For more than 100 years, Society has been helping businesses overcome the unexpected with comprehensive coverage packages and outstanding claims handling, underwriting and risk management.

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