Just because winter is closing in doesn’t mean you’re not still struck with some road trip wanderlust. After all, there’s a whole world of fun out there that’s only available during the winter. Even more than that, a veil of snow has a way of reinvigorating even old destinations, making well-trod landscapes breathe exciting new life. Unfortunately, though, if you want to get there, you’re going to have to spend at least a little bit of time behind the wheel of the car. Don’t be deterred from a little cold weather driving, though. Just follow these ten steps, don’t rush things, and you should have no problems getting from here to there and back again safely.
1. Plan Ahead
First thing’s first: plan for the worst before you hit the road. Be sure to bring a few bottles of water, a blanket or two, chains for your tires, some food (a handful of granola bars will do), and some clothes that can get wet and dirty without also giving you a case of hypothermia. A good, thick pair of rubber gardening gloves are also a good idea. You should also be sure that you’ve got at least a basic first-aid kit somewhere in the car.