Hitting the road for a winter vacation isn’t like traveling during the summer months. Winter brings harsh weather that can dramatically change familiar roadways until they’re nearly unrecognizable. Sleet, snow, and ice are all factors that drivers have to be aware of. Here are some excellent travel tips for winter from us here at Don Robinson Mitsubishi.
Watch the Weather
Keeping an eye on your local weather forecast and the forecast of where you will be headed is one way to avoid harsh weather. Knowing that snow or ice is incoming will help you prepare accordingly, both physically and mentally. Take a few minutes out of your preparations to look at the weather.
Everything takes longer on slick roads. Turning, braking, and accelerating all see significant delays depending on how bad the roads are. Take the time to slow down to give yourself more time to react to unexpected situations. Your car (and your heart) will thank you.
Familiarize Yourself with Roadside Assistance
In the event that you do end up on the side of the road, it always helps to have a roadside assistance service that can help. Some automakers provide a few years of roadside assistance with the purchase of a new vehicle. Independent organizations, like AAA, offer paid subscriptions as well.
When the weather gets warmer, the road becomes flush with motorcyclists. Did you know that over half of all fatal motorcycle crashes involve another vehicle, and that most of those are at the fault of the car or truck driver? It’s extremely important to keep motorcycle safety a priority. Here are some tips to help you and motorcyclists:
When you’re turning left, look for traffic – The number one cause of fatal accidents for motorcyclists is when a vehicle turns in front of them. When you’re turning left, make sure you look out for motorcyclists.
Increase your following distance – Motorcyclists have a much quicker stopping distance than cars do. This means that if they stop suddenly and you’re following too close, your chances of rear-ending them are high. Since they also often slow down by downshifting, this doesn’t activate the brake light. So make sure you’re paying attention.
Allow them to swerve – Motorcyclists often adjust their position in a lane to be seen better or to avoid things like potholes and debris. Give them room in the lane to do so if you’re passing them, and don’t ever try to share the lane with them.
Follow these tips and you’ll have a safe and happy spring! Be sure to stop in and see us at Don Robinson Mitsubishi this spring for some great deals on new Mitsubishi models!