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14 Tips To Help You Prepare For A Long-Distance Winter Road Trip
Even if you just bought your car last week and think it's in perfect driving condition, it’s important to get your vehicle checked out by a professional before setting off on a long winter journey. A mechanic will have the know-how to check everything, and taking this one little action can save you a huge headache later on when you're at the mercy of the snow gods.
Get A Maintenance Check
Trying to find a place to buy windshield wiper fluid in the middle of the night because you ran out, getting an oil change, or replacing your brake pads is not what you want to deal with during a winter road trip. Avoid any mishaps by getting these basic car services done in advance.
Do Basic Car Services
A pair of new, sturdy snow tires are a must — and be sure to check the air pressure right before you leave, as well as during the trip. If you're planning on taking a trip through really extreme winter conditions, you may want to consider getting tire snow chains for extra grip.
Tire Checks
If you get stuck in your car during a snow or ice storm, you may need supplies to keep you alive. A winter emergency car kit should contain jumper cables, a flashlight, a flat tire repair kit, first aid supplies, extra warm clothes, a compact shovel, an ice scraper, and a bag of kitty litter or sand to place under your tires if you’re stuck in the snow.
Pack A Car Emergency Kit
Use an app like Google Maps to see all the possible routes available to your chosen location, then make note of the cities, things to do, and hotels along the journey. Save it to the Google Maps route planner to refer back to en route, or to share with a family member back home.
Pre-Plan Your Route