Even if you don’t live in the eastern half of the US, which as been battered by a series of winter storms this year, it’s likely that you travel there on business.
Whether you are driving your own car or renting one, keep these tips in mind before hitting the road.
-If you are flying into a city that has a rail system with an airport station, consider using public transit instead of renting a car if conditions are treacherous.
-Remember what happened in Atlanta and Raleigh last month? Motorists were stranded for hours on city streets and freeways. So always try to keep your gas tank filled above the halfway mark if storms loom. Plus more gas in your tank makes the car heavier, which means more traction in snow.
-Keep a snow shovel and bag of salt in your trunk – if you get stuck in the snow, this will help provide the traction to get out.
-Check your battery. Cold weather drains batteries very quickly and you don’t want to get stuck out in the cold with a car that won’t start.
-Check your wipers and wiper fluid–again, cold weather affects the operation of wipers, so be sure they are working well before venturing out in the cold.
-Stock up. When storms loom, be sure to have some portable snacks like energy bars, nuts, candy and bottled water in the car just in case you need the extra energy. You should also consider stocking your car with a cell phone charger, blankets, gloves, hats, and medication during the winter months.
Chris McGinnis is Best Western’s travel trends expert and business travel blogger on youmustbetrippin.com