Are you and your family planning on taking a road trip this holiday season? Although wintertime provides the perfect opportunity for families to spend quality time together, it can also be a dangerous time to do some long-distance traveling, especially for drivers who are not used to icy road conditions. Icy road safety is essential for winter traveling, so be sure to follow these tips and keep yourself and your family safe this season.
Plan ahead. Icy roads are not conducive to spontaneous driving, so when planning your holiday excursions, be sure to plan your routes well in advance.
- Consider the weather forecast for that day, and plan your route around that. Map out the main route as well as alternate routes in case you’re caught in bad weather.
- Plan stops and hotel stays along the way and be flexible with your time.
- Remember to take your time as you navigate icy, dangerous roads. If the weather is expected to be too icy, consider postponing for another time.
- Have jumper cables, a flashlight, a gas can, scrapers, a shovel, flares and some blankets in the car, as well as a first aid kit and food, water and extra clothing in the car.
On the Road. Once on the road, the key is to be fully engaged and to pay attention to your surroundings. Some important tips to keep in mind while traveling:
- Always wear your seatbelt!
- Maintain steady speeds! Avoid accelerating too quickly or braking abruptly.
- Maintain longer stopping/following distances to prevent accidents.
- Avoid driving while tired. Stop if you feel like you’re falling asleep.
- Avoid areas with very wet or slippery conditions, and avoid driving up hills.
Cirro Energy is committed to your safety this holiday season, whether you’re planning to stay local or heading to see family in another state. That’s why we offer low-cost, budget-friendly electric plans for every household’s needs — one less thing to think about so you can plan for the family trip of a lifetime. Check out our electric plans online on our website, and join our online community of Facebook and Twitter.