Many travelers unfamiliar with travel in bad weather are traveling to mountains throughout the U.S. during this time of the year. Unfortunately, those traveling may not have spent the time necessary to understand how to prepare for the roads that they may encounter in some of the higher elevations including those near to Park City, Vail, Breckenridge, Lake Placid and Lake Tahoe. With only the powder under their skis on their minds, travelers frequently forget that driving in mountainous regions in winter can be treacherous. As such, Bill Bailey Travel Club would like to spend some time with you getting familiar with some tips on winter weather driving. Be prepared and know the roads before you go with winter weather tips from Bill Bailey Travel Club.
Pay Attention To The Weather
Weather can turn bad at a moments notice in the mountains. Most resorts found at those higher elevations do their best to keep you informed of impending storms that may impede your journey, but it is good to remember when the plows can’t keep up, the roads close. It is important that you plan ahead with alternate arrangements in case the roads do close on the way to your destination. Word to the wise: if the roads are closed it is for good reason, pay attention to all the closures in your area and do not try to bypass them.
Pack Extra Supplies
If for some reason you do get stranded during a snowstorm, you would be well advised to have extra supplies and communication just in case. Pack extra clothing, warm socks and mittens, flashlight, a radio to communicate and hear the latest information as well as bottled water and some snacks. If you do get stranded, chances are it will not be for long, but the weather can be unpredictable, so plan ahead.
Drive The Right Vehicle
Many roads may not close to all traffic but will close for vehicles not equipped for the snow. As such if you are planning on traveling in bad weather, try to rent a vehicle meant for driving in deep snow and slippery terrain. Four wheel drive is recommended.
Other Things To Do To Prepare:
- Pack chains for your tires
- Have all your systems checked out thoroughly
- Check your tires
- Allow extra time
- Watch for Trucks
- When all else fails, go slow. Better later than injured.
Bill Bailey Travel Club hopes that you enjoy your ski vacation this winter. Make sure you follow the rules and are familiar with winter driving before you go and always travel prepared. Enjoy all your vacations from Bill Bailey Travel Club and drive safe.