Winter Travel is a good time to learn how to “go with the flow” because even though you have to do additional ROAD TRIP PLANNING to have the extras on hand before you embark on the trip, traffic delays may require you to “stop and smell the roses” even when those roses have you stalled in bumper-to-bumper traffic waiting for the road to clear up ahead.
This is where your ROAD TRIP PLAN B comes into play. If you’re a couple, this is a nice time to pull out a CD, kick back and rest your eyes while enjoying the music. If you’re a family, pull out those car games, watch a DVD together, or simply start a round robin conversation (What I’m most looking forward to on this trip is…?). Keeping everyone comfortable and in good spirits will be the order of the day, and if you’ve planned for such things, it can actually be a fun time, albeit cramped.
When planning your itinerary, pay extra attention to towns or cities near roads you think may pose traffic delays or closures. Add activities to your itinerary that could keep you and your passengers occupied if delayed for more than four hours. That way, you can pull off and go shopping, take in a movie, enjoy a long lunch or early dinner, or stroll through a museum. Add a couple of nearby hotels to the unscheduled section of your trip planner just so you’ll have the information on hand should the traffic delay be more than 8 hours.
ROAD TRIP PLANNING SAFETY TIPS
* If you are traveling with your family by car, get your vehicle inspected and check the weather conditions immediately before the trip.
* Cancel the trip if you are traveling to winter destinations and the weather forecast predicts a snowstorm.
* Some roads are not recommended unless you have a 4×4 vehicle.
* Carry snow chains
* Include a Delay of Game kit filled with snacks, car games, energy drinks, portable DVDs, portable games, blankets.
* Stow an emergency kit in your trunk containing batteries, blankets, collapsible shovel, flashlights, food, gloves, ice scraper, rubber boots, ski caps, and water for those times when you may be stuck in your car for 8 hours or more.
* ALWAYS keep your gas tank at least 1/2 full. Do not drive that last quarter tank assuming yo