Heading out for any kind of road trip is exciting. Especially when you travel by car, you never know what you’ll do and see along the way. Winter travel is especially magical, as it can feel like you’re driving through a frosted wonderland on the way to your ski destination, family gathering, or cozy cabin in the woods.
Winter travel can come with its dangers and headaches, however. Here are a few tips to help ensure that you arrive at your destination warm, safe, and sound.
Stick to Main Roads
As tempting as it may be to meander off the beaten path in order to skip out on traffic or take the scenic route, avoid doing this in the wintertime. Main roads and highways are more likely to be better maintained and wider.
Another common temptation is to put the pedal to the metal to get to your destination faster. A little more speed could cost you a lot of time and heartache if you end up in an accident, especially if you’re driving fast in icy or snowy weather. Remember that in inclement weather, the posted speed limit is irrelevant. Stopping and turning take longer when the road is covered in winter precipitation, so adjust your speed accordingly.
Drive During the Day
It’s harder for everyone to see at night, making it a prime time for vehicle accidents. Try to schedule your driving during the daylight hours. You’ll get the added plus of actually being able to see the sights – and maybe even stop here and there to explore them.
Don’t Drive When You’re Tired
Another tip that’s made easier when you limit your driving to the daytime: avoid driving when you’re tired. Fatigue is a major cause of traffic-related accidents. Only getting behind the wheel when you’re rested up won’t only keep you and your passengers safe; it will prevent you from making foggy-headed decisions that could put others on the road in danger, as well.
Pay Attention to Your Tires and Brakes
Since snow can hinder your ability to stop as well as go, it’s important to give your car the help it needs to move around. Invest in a good set of snow tires or put chains on your tires if you’ll be driving in heavy snow. Understand that all-wheel or four-wheel drive doesn’t mean that you won’t go skidding on black ice. Also develop a familiarity with how your vehicle’s anti-lock braking system works (if equipped) so you’ll rest the urge to pump the brakes if you skid.
If an Accident Happens, Rely on the Experts
No matter how many precautions you take, sometimes accidents still happen due to the negligence of others on the road. If you’re injured in an accident, contact the team at Slater and Gordon Lawyers. They’ll support you and guide you through what you need to do every step of the way.