Winter is here, and we all know the difficulties we can experience while traveling during these cold and snowy winter months. Whether it’s snowing, sleeting, or freezing rain, the most important thing is to arrive safely to your destination. Travel Insured wants to provide you with a few winter travel safety tips to ensure you get there safely no matter if you are driving or flying!
Cold Weather Driving
- Be sure to check that the exhaust pipe on your car isn’t clogged with snow and ice. A clogged exhaust pipe is extremely dangerous and could cause carbon monoxide poisoning to occur in your vehicle if the engine is running.
- Make a winter driving safety kit including items such as a cell phone, blankets, a flashlight, matches, a traction aid, an ice scraper/brush, a spare tire, and gloves.
- In snowy conditions it is usually a good idea to reduce your speed by 50 percent. It is also important not to go too slow in order to keep your vehicle moving up and down hills.
- Cold weather reduces the pressure in your tires so it is important to constantly monitor your tires. Snow tires perform the best in stormy conditions, but if you don’t have them, a tire’s tread depth should be at least 1/8 inch.
- If you do in fact get stuck when driving in winter conditions, stay in your car so you keep warm while waiting for assistance!
Cold Weather Flying
- Try to book for your flight for an early departure time. This allows a smaller chance that your flight will be affected by cancellations and delays. If your flight is in fact interrupted, it will give you a larger time frame to catch a new flight later in the day, or to make new accommodation plans.
- Check the weather often and early to stay on top of your airline. Winter storm predictions are usually accurate between 48 and 72 hours ahead of time. This will give you time to plan around any changes.
- Purchase a travel insurance plan when you first book your trip. If your flight is cancelled or delayed, your costs for things such as hotel stays, transportation, and food can be covered up to a certain amount.
- Be sure to leave at least an hour earlier than you normally would to get to the airport. This will provide you more travel time in case there is inclement weather or winter traffic.
- Stay healthy! Since winter travel is during the peak flu and cold season, be sure to get your flu shot and bring your hand sanitizer along.