Before you head out on your next winter adventure road trip, make sure your vehicle is ready for cold weather and the elements. Being proactive before you go will make your drive home for the holidays, to the ski resort, or across town that much more successful and far less stressful knowing you’ve secured safe passage wherever you go. Here is your road trip preparedness checklist before embarking out on your winter wonderland getaway:
- Check your tires and check them twice. Make sure the balance is good, lug nuts are tight, and there is the correct tire pressure.
- Put on your winter tires. If trekking through the snow, put your snow shoes on your wheels
- Check on your spare tire, and the jack and tire iron used to install it. Make sure all the necessary tools and instructions are there in case of a blow out or flat tire.
- Top off and check fluid levels. Even in the coldest, harshest weather, protect your engine from freezing and over heating.
- Restock with anti-icing windshield washer fluid. Anti-icing washer fluid can help prevent ice buildup and is great for use during sleet and snowstorms.
- Check to make sure all your lights and equipment are in total working order. Get a fresh oil change and have a basic vehicle inspection done so you can help ensure you are set and good to go with most of your basic operational functions of your vehicle.
- Pack an emergency kit that includes all the bare essentials. A few flares, a big box of matches, several blankets, a flashlight or two, some freeze-dried food or protein bars, and some water will hold you over for several days without rescue if worse came to worst.
- Let friends and family know where you are going and when they can expect to hear from you.
- Carry enough back up energy to get you through a day or two. Don’t depend on that iPhone battery life to last being stranded in the middle of nowhere after you’ve hit refresh on the GPS 100 times. Bring back up batteries and chargers.
- Carry an old school map and compass. Kick it back to 1994 and bring the hard copy of a good map and compass. Even if you don’t get lost somewhere, a compass is still a great thing to always have on you.
Be safe. Stay warm. And have an amazing time out on the open road!