This article discusses some of tips that will prove to be very handy for those who have to travel in the cold due to professional or personal reasons. Those individuals who are traveling by road or driving on their own should make sure to remember and check the following;
1. If one has time on hand install LED lights in your car as these lights help drivers enjoy a better lit view at night or in the dark. These lights are brighter and require half the battery in comparison to headlights.
2. It is very important to know the exact route that one has to follow. Also know alternant routes to take in case of road closures due to adverse weather conditions. One can also consult the Department of Transportation road-condition hotlines while traveling to check for temporary closures on the way or to ask directions if unsure of your location or if lost.
3. It is important to keep updated about the weather conditions. The World Wide Web is one convenient way of checking the weather forecast. However, tune into your local radio station on the car radio to give you up to the minute information about road conditions and adverse driving conditions. In cold climate zones, the radio stations always provide these newscasts.
4. It is important to remain hydrated when traveling in the cold weather as dehydration can lead to reduced alertness and even fatigue while travelling. It is important to consume up to sixteen ounces of water in a day when traveling. However, water bottles should be kept in the passenger compartment or they might end up freezing in the trunk.
5. Travellers need nourishment in cold weather and should ensure to carry with them enough food for a day. The food should be stored inside the car not in the trunk where it will freeze.
6. Keep a winter safety travel kit in the car which should include devices and items like;
a) Cell phone
b) Ice scraper
d) Tow rope
e) Cat litter (for use as a traction aid)
g) Good flashlight
j) Portable weather radio
k) Can of lock de-icer
7. Always remember never to use hot water on locks or even glass as water will freeze again under freezing temperature and pose further troubles.
8. In extremely adverse cold weather it is wise not to increase the speed of the vehicle. In fact it should be slowed down to medium pace in order to keep the vehicle from damage. It is important to note that the vehicle will require a certain level of momentum so it is wise not to go too slow when driving on snow covered roads.
9. The icier the roads are the more slippery the roads will be, and this will make driving difficult. One very important thing to remember when driving on slippery roads is this: if the car skids on ice, do not brake sharply and quickly as you will end up skidding more and have an accident or end up in a snow filled ditch.
So keep a firm grip on the steering wheel to guide the car, but be easy on the brakes. Rather take your foot off the gas and only use the brakes gently if absolutely necessary. Head for the ditch if you have to, rather than hitting an approaching vehicle.