Holiday Traveling Tips

As winter break nears and the semester comes to an end, many of us students will be traveling to visit family, friends, or to just get away to someplace warmer. But, traveling in the winter can dangerous and special precautions should be taken before committing to a trip.

The first thing I do before taking a trip is check an online road trip planner, which can be found at this website http://www.wunderground.com/wundermap#roadtrip. Weather Underground’s road trip planner is a nifty source that will not only give you directions to your destination, but will also give you weather and road conditions for route at the time and date you will be passing through. It’s the best way to anticipate slick roads, snowstorms, or high winds. Remember; give yourself plenty of time to arrive! Plan on driving well below the speed limit.

Another tip of traveling in the winter is to pack incase of an emergency. Pack extra warms clothes (hats, gloves, coats, blankets), food and water, batteries, flashlights, shovel, and road ice, or kitty litter for traction on icy roads. It’s always better to be over prepared than under prepared.

The last tip for traveling in the winter is to know when to wait. Sometimes waiting an extra day will give the chance for snowplows to go through or let the storms clear up. Also, never drive if you feel unprepared for the conditions.

With these tips in hand, you should now be prepared for a successful and safe winter break!

Jordan Jungck

Bison Run ALA

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