Planning a Road Trip? Prep for the Weather!
No matter where you’re going or what time of the year you are road tripping, wind, rain,hail, snow and other weather conditions could put a stop to your wonderfully planned road trip. Here’s how you can prepare for the weather during your road trip:
What you should pack:
- Polarized sunglasses: Makes driving much easier by cutting down the glare.
- Ample underwear and socks: Wet underwear and socks could contribute to a poor traveling experience.
- Waterproof jacket: Snow or rain could strike at any time. Be prepared.
- Light jacket: Always useful, even in summer.
- Trash shirt and pants: Carry clothes that you don’t mind ruining- you never know what road trips may bring.
- Emergency kit: Never leave home without an emergency kit that includes first aid supplies, water, snacks, blankets, flares and hazard markers.
Emergency weather info
Each town has a dedicated AM radio channel that addresses road information, including weather. To find the radio frequency for your location, you can use the website of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The local forecast can give you updates on when you should seek cover, what roads are likely to be affected and when a storm could be expected to arrive. You might not be able to access the same information on weather apps.
To tackle this bane of road trippers, it is advised to get broad-sided vehicles like RVs or large trucks. If the local forecast predicts high winds, seek shelter until things look calm. Don’t let a heavy gust blow you into a ditch! Avoid driving through severe thunderstorms, especially if there are strong wind advisories or if there is a tornado.
Be careful in snowy or icy conditions. Know the road you are driving on and know your ride. The roads could get dangerous during the winters, since not all car tires can handle snowy roads. Ensure that your car tires can withstand extreme winter conditions so that you don’t find yourself stranded in the middle of nowhere.