Traveling in the winter can be dangerous. With ice and snow on the roads a simple commute can become treacherous. Even if you are a safe driver, others on the road can cause accidents. Those accidents, while not only dangerous can cost you time and money, as well as be an unwelcome stressor in your life. To be safe this winter, it is important to follow the same safety precautions that our drivers use before you head out and while on the road.
- Pack an Emergency Kit: packing and storing an emergency kit in your car this winter is a must. Even if you have a cell phone, you may still have to wait for assistance to arrive in the event of an emergency. Your emergency kit should include extra batteries, a flashlight, a blanket, flares, snacks and water at minimum.
- Be Alert: other drivers on the road may cause accidents that were avoidable just by being careless or inexperienced. It is important to be alert while on the road and to watch out for hazards. Hazards could be in the form of out of control drivers, ice, snow, or objects in the road. The more alert you are the better your chances of avoiding hazards and in turn avoiding an accident.
- Plan Your Trip: before actually going out on the road, plan your trip. Use GPS to verify the best route to your location being careful to avoid areas with construction and/or road closures. Also certain roads may not be ideal to take during snow or ice, such as backroads that aren’t cleared and de-iced in a timely manner. Planning your trip will allow you to get to your destination safely and more quickly.
- Prepare Your Vehicle: it is important to prepare your vehicle for the harsh weather of winter. Check the air pressure in your tires and your windshield wiper fluid levels. Also keep your vehicle’s maintenance up during non-winter months. This includes regular oil changes and transmission checks. Doing so will help avoid mechanical problems.
- Charge Your Cell Phone: often people get in a hurry and forget to charge their cell phones before leaving the house. Even if you have a vehicle
charger, you will still want to charge your cell phone, especially if a storm or extreme cold is predicted. Your car battery may die and prevent you from charging your phone in your vehicle. In case of an emergency you will want to contact the police and nearby friends or family members for assistance.
Following these safety precautions can make your drive safer and less stressful. If you don’t want to brave the weather on your own, Exceptional Limo’s drivers can pick you up and take you where you want to go safety and in style. We offer winter limousine rentals for every occasion. So if you can’t bear to travel on the hazardous roads this winter, then limo service may be the right option for you.