For the most part, winters here are a breeze. But many of us, especially snowbirds, have family living in other states. We’re not always the lucky ones that get to entertain the guests. Sometimes, we are the guests – and depending on where we're visiting, that holiday travel can quickly become a nightmare.
If you’re one of the lucky ones who has to travel to a state known for its winter weather (and not in a good way), there are a few things you should know before you head north.
- Consider your means of travel - So you’ve decided you’re going to visit family. And luckily, they’re expecting a blizzard right about the time you arrive. Do you really want to be stuck in a car when that deluge of snow comes pouring down? Do you want to deal with the unplowed roads and the slipping and sliding? Wouldn’t it be much easier to take another form of transportation? It’s something to think about. But if you’re insistent on driving, make sure you're going with someone experienced in driving in inclement, snowy weather. Nothing’s worse than getting a crash course during the snow of the century.
- Understand what you’re getting into - It’s one thing to know what you’re getting into. But understanding it is a different matter. Check the weather reports. Find out what’s going on. Understand what “7 feet of snow in 4 hours” or “ice storm” really means. What may not seem to be a big deal to northerners can be overwhelming and intimidating to Floridians. And if it all seems to be too much, postpone or reschedule. Nothing is more important than your safety and well-being.
- Enroll in a winter driving course - Ok. Being from Florida, it seems unnecessary. But, if you ever plan on traveling out of our grand state, being able to drive on those wintery, out-of-state roads is worth its weight in gold. And it might even boost your skills on these crazy highways we have.
- Prepare yourself and your vehicle - You’ve decided to make the trip. So make sure you’re prepared.
- If you know you’ll be driving on snow, invest in snow tires.
- Check your windshield wipers. The Florida sun can wear them out quickly and you’ll want to have them handy in the event you hit snow.
- Make sure you check the weather reports and are in constant communication with your relatives or friends you’re visiting. Know what’s going on.
- Carry your emergency kit and blankets just in case. You can never be too prepared when traveling.
- Make sure your cellphone is always charged.
- Make sure you check your tire pressure, defroster, heat and lights before you travel. In fact, it might be a good idea to have your car checked out before you venture out on the open road.
We hope these tips help keep you out of any car accidents this holiday season, and that your time with your family is enjoyable and stress-free.
Of course, if you should happen to be injured in a car accident and need assistance with your case, give us a call. Consultations are always free, and there's never any obligation.