Due to the COVID-19, many people will avoid flying and choose to hit the road for the holidays instead. Taking a winter road trip can be a wonderful adventure. But if you are going to explore areas where you are likely to encounter snow and ice, it is important to make sure that you and your vehicle are ready to handle the different conditions.
As long as you start your journey with the full preparation of necessary equipment and knowledge, you'll have an enjoyable trip. And if some issue does arise, you'll be well-equipped to handle it.
The key to staying comfortable is staying warm of course. But the problem is when we are on a trip, we cannot wear too many layers to stay warm, or else it will restrict our body and reduce the fun of the journey. What's more, driving in the freezing areas means you have to take enough clothing in case you will be faced with cold. The colder places you are heading to, the more clothes you have to carry with you, which is a burden. Under these circumstances, heated jacket is highly recommended. It's lightweight, water-resistant, and can work well to provide warmth with its extraordinary heating system. You can also take some backup batteries with you if you are planning a trip that lasts several months so that you can enjoy a toasty and fun journey without burden.
Here are some additional pre-trip checks for your vehicle:
- Tires: You should examine the atmospheric pressure of your tires. Cold temperatures will certainly lead tires to lose air in a quicker way. You also need to consider whether you will need snow tires for your trip. If you're not sure of your tire needs, ask a reliable mechanic in advance of your journey.
- Fluid volume: Check the levels of your engine oil, antifreeze, power steering fluid, brake fluid, windshield wiper fluid, and transmission liquid before and also throughout your winter season trip. All of these liquids are essential to keep your vehicle in a safe condition.
- Gas tank: Ensure your gas container is full before you go. What's more important, you should fill the tank a week ahead. This will help to avoid any water (in the form of condensation) accumulating in and/or entering the fuel line which would certainly influence the transmission of gas. Moreover, you should always keep in mind to check the gas tank when you reach the sites.
Also, make sure to remove all the snow from your vehicle (not just the windscreen) before you hit the road again.
Research before you start
Do some research before you leave. Download a navigation app or make a phone call to the local related office to check if the traffic conditions are OK. In case sometimes the weather can be unpredictable, you should keep the phone number of the local department of transportation on your phone. And for particularly troublesome routes, you may want to have a plan B route in mind before getting on the road.
- Other necessary gear
- Extra food and water
- Gloves and blankets
- Flashlight and batteries
- Ice scraper and shovel
- Extra windshield wiper fluid
- First-aid kit
Stay away from the areas that might get you exposed to the COVID-19, and make sure that everything is ready before you start. To upgrade your journey, you can take heated clothing with you, which will keep you toasty all along the road.
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