We all know that traveling by car in winter can be iffy. Our mountainous region is beautiful in winter, and there’s a lot of great things to do, but weather can change quickly, and a sunny day with dry roads can turn to rain, sleet, or snow in a flash. Make sure you plan for the unexpected before you set out on your road trip this winter.
Give Your Vehicle a Winter Once-Over
Winter tires or chains are absolute essentials, but you should also make sure you get a winter tune-up, particularly to check things like battery life, heat function, headlights, and antifreeze. Checking your wipers and wiper fluid may seem unnecessary, but freezing rain and snow can quickly create a layer of ice on your windshield marring your view.
Always Travel With Essentials
Even if you are just going to the store, things can happen, so keeping the basic winter essentials in your vehicle at all times just makes sense. Here’s a practical list:
- Phone & Charger
- Ice Scraper
- Jumper Cables
- Emergency Car Kit (Flashlight, Shovel, First Aid Kit, Flares)
- Winter Survival Kit (Water, Food, Blankets, Hand/Body Warmers)
- Extra Clothing & Snow Boots
- Sand or Kitty Litter (for Traction If You Get Stuck in Snow)
Drive Like Your Grandmother
OK, so maybe your grandma is a speed demon, but you get the drift. Take your time, stay in your lane if possible, always signal, and allow extra space between you and the car in front of you. And first and foremost, check the weather forecast and be OK with changing your plans. Nothing is as important as your safety.
Have a fun, safe winter, and keep an eye on our blog for more tips and happenings in Albuquerque.