Make sure you're ready to tackle winter with these road trip tips!


There are plenty of reasons to hit the road this season, whether you’re visiting family on a holiday vacation or taking a trip south to visit a warmer climate. Use these cold-weather road trip tips to stay safe during your travels this winter.


Pack the Right Gear

Before any type of road trip, you should make sure your car is equipped with the things you need to manage an emergency. This includes a tire-changing kit, jumper cables, and extra fluids like motor oil. In the winter, add tools like an extra ice scraper, a shovel, extra warm clothes, and a bag of cat litter which could help you get should your vehicle get stuck in the snow.


Pack the Right Food

You can save money and avoid eating too much fast food by packing meals and snacks for your trip. Good car snacks include nuts, popcorn, granola bars, and pretzels. If you plan to bring foods that needs refrigerated, be sure to keep them in a cooler with ice. Pack some hand sanitizer in the car’s cabin to use before snacking.


Plan Your Route

There are several reasons why you should plan your route ahead of time. For one, it can help you find an alternate way that will avoid heavy holiday traffic. Knowing your route ahead of time will also allow you to let the people you are visiting know how you’ll be coming so they can help should there be a breakdown or an accident.


It’s also a good idea to have your car checked out before a long winter drive. Contact the service team at Vail Buick GMC and schedule an appointment.