Many people travel far and wide to spend Christmas with loved ones. Be it catching a plane to visit family in another country or setting out on a long train journey to travel nationwide for a warm train station reunion, there are plenty of ways to get around safely during the winter season.
That being said, many people opt to drive home during the winter season, often travelling hundreds of miles to get back in time to deliver presents and spend quality time with family and friends. While this is certainly a worthwhile trip, road conditions in winter can be dangerous to motorists, with a risk of slipping or skidding on ice and snow, and reduced visibility in foggy or snowy conditions.
That’s why it’s a great idea to pack some winter driving essentials to ensure you’re prepared for the worst. This includes taking out some precautionary measures on your car as well as packing a few useful items into the trunk.
Winter Ready Car
Preparing your car for winter will give you a massive advantage on a long journey such as travelling home for Christmas. Here are a few simple ways you can prep your car for Christmas conditions and make sure you and your vehicle arrive right one time
- There are multiple things you can do to prepare your car for driving in winter. Firstly, by buying a secondary set of inter tyres, you can ensure your car will have additional grip and improved handling on snowy or icy roads. Winter tyres have a deeper tread and a different tread shape that allows the tyre to grip the road better. Store this set of tyres away for the summer, and then when the middle of autumn approaches, change over to your new set of winter tyres.
- Replace old or damaged window wipers with new wipers. This will make sure you are able to effectively clear your windscreen should heavy rain, hail or snow begin to fall at any point in your long journey home.
- Be sure your car’s heaters and windscreen heaters are working properly a few weeks before your journey is due. De-misting your windscreen is vital during these cold conditions, as steam and condensation can quickly form on the inside of the glass once the heat from your breath and body begins to clash with the cold wind on the outside of the glass.
Packing some additional supplies can keep you well stocked and safe should your car break down or career off-road. Here’s a quick list of items you can pack, just in case something goes wrong.
- Packing a thick blanket can help keep you warm should your engine fail for any reason. This will eliminate your ability to use the car’s heaters, and in freezing conditions the warmth will quickly start to dissipate from the vehicle.
- Packing a few extra snacks will help keep hunger at bay and keep you energised should you have to walk through snow to call for help.
- A supply of drinking water will keep you hydrated while you wait for help. This is particularly useful if you are suffering from a winter illness such as a common cold as it’s important to stay hydrated when ill.
- A simple shovel can help dig you out of sticky situations. While other cars will be frantically revving their engines trying to get unstuck from the snow’s icy grasp, you can quickly dig away snow from under your wheels, restoring your cars grip on the tarmac.
- A fully charged mobile phone is always useful, especially if you have to call for an emergency pickup or repair service.
So there we are some simple tips to help you keep safe and prepare for a long winter journey home. Drive safe and Happy Holidays.