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Winter road trip travel tips

December 21st, 2013  |  Insurance

The summer is not the only time of the year when people plan road trips. Here in places like Ontario, Alberta, and throughout the rest of the country, there is no shortage of Canadians that plan winter road trips. While the general driving and safety rules apply to any road trip, driving in the winter has its own unique set of travel tips to be aware of.

If you are planning a winter road trip this year, make sure that you account for the following tips to ensure your road trip is a safe one. Tips include:

  • Plan around the weather if possible
  • Plan a route that has safe roads
  • Prepare a winter survival kit, especially if you will be driving in remote areas
  • Drive a vehicle that is equipped to handle winter driving
  • Minimize driving distractions, especially when the road conditions are poor
  • Have your vehicle inspected before you leave
  • Know your limits. Considering sharing driving duties, if possible, and take breaks when you get tired

Make sure to build in some buffer time to your travel plans to account for delays, slower traffic, and other unforeseen circumstances that are associated with winter driving. And, don’t forget to make things fun by bringing alone some of your favorite music to enjoy during the trip.

Are you planning a winter road trip this year? If you are, what tips do you think are the most important for drivers to keep in mind when planning a road trip during the winter?

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