Whether you’re traveling by car in the winter for fun or by necessity, there are a few things to keep in mind to ensure your family’s safety. Between road conditions and cold temperatures, winter travel isn’t without risks. Being prepared is key to reaching your destination comfortably and successfully.
Dress in Layers
The human body as a narrow temperature range for staying comfortable over extended periods of time. Dressing in layers helps preserve body heat without running the risk of overheating. One of the dangers of traveling during the winter may seem counterintuitive, but overheating can rapidly cause dangerous hypothermia. When someone is sitting in an overly warm car or physically exerting herself, she may start to perspire.
When exposed to colder temperatures, the moisture from clothing will draw heat from her skin, making her overly cold. Contrary to common beliefs, babies and small children also sweat. When bundling up babies, be sure they’re not overly warm to prevent hypothermia when exposed to cold air.
Pack for the Occasion
Keep sleeping bags or warm blankets in the vehicle, along with plenty of water and high calorie snacks. Energy bars with high protein levels and natural sugars from fruit are ideal. Avoid salty snacks like chips that will more rapidly deplete the water supply. If someone depends on life-saving medications, be sure to bring them along.
People traveling in should carry a length of rope in the event of a white out from heavy or blowing snow. They can use it to attach to the door of the car to reach the trunk to retrieve survival supplies or flag down help. Always have flashlights with fresh batteries on hand, as well as battery-operated hand and foot warmers. Making sure that the phone is fully charged while traveling makes it possible to alert first responders for help.
Check the Weather Beforehand
Weather forecasts are fairly accurate and reliable but if snow, sleet, or rain is forecast, prepare before starting your trip by checking road conditions. Be sure you comply with the recommendations for winter travel by using chains or snow tires.
The conditions could deteriorate if winter weather intensifies beyond official predictions. It’s helpful to keep the name and phone number of an auto accident attorney like Alexander Law Group handy in the event of a fender bender or worse. Always tell someone where you’re going, when you expect to be there, and how you can be reached.
Before starting on your trip make sure you have all you need in your vehicle for food and warmth. They supplies, provisions and preparations could save you from hours of discomfort and inconvenience.