I’m dreaming of a White Christmas…. – My brother and I recently went on an awesome road trip to the Großglockner resort, taking a break, enjoying the peaceful quiet of nature in Austria.
Planning a Road Trip Through Snow & Ice
Before our trip we checked with some German car bloggers in order to rent the right vehicle and be prepared for almost any weather condition. Since I found it quite use- and helpful, I decided to share their tips with you.
- Keep your vehicle clean to help you be more visible to others. Before you drive, clear the snow and ice from the windows, hood, lights, and roof. We used the KUNGS winter kit, including the new sustainable ice scraper as well as the ARCTIC-IS – perfect helpers! KUNGS products have a quality snow brush and an efficient, replaceable scraper blade. The scraper blade is manufactured of 100% polycarbonate and designed to break through even the hardest ice. You can also easily clean the wiper blades of snow and ice with the help of the little notch in the ice scraper blade.
- Vehicle maintenance is always important, but even more so in weather extremes. Be sure all these systems are in good working order—ignition system, fuel system, belts, hoses, fluids, brakes, exhaust system, wiper blades and operation, heater and defroster, cooling system, battery, and lights. Make sure you have winter-grade oil in the crankcase. Keep the fuel tank full—don’t let it get below half before filling up. Add gasoline antifreeze if necessary.
- Cold temperatures have a lowering effect on tire pressures—check frequently to maintain adequate inflation. Always use winter tires and carry chains. Make sure you have good lugged snow tires if you are traveling through heavy snow country.
- Watch weather reports prior to a long-distance drive or before driving in isolated areas. Let others know your route, destination and estimated time of arrival.
- Take your cell phone with you including a power bank and pack a little emergency kit including blankets, gloves, hats, food, water and any needed medication.
- Make sure the exhaust pipe isn’t clogged with snow, ice or mud. A blocked exhaust could cause deadly carbon monoxide gas to leak into the passenger compartment with the engine running.
- If possible run the engine and heater just long enough to remove the chill and to conserve gasoline.
- When driving in snowy and icy conditions, accelerate and decelerate slowly. Applying the gas slowly to accelerate is the best method for regaining traction and avoiding skids. Don’t try to get moving in a hurry. And take time to slow down for a stoplight. Remember: It takes longer to slow down on icy roads.
- Drive slowly. Everything takes longer on snow-covered roads. Accelerating, stopping, turning – nothing happens as quickly as on dry pavement. Give yourself time to maneuver by driving slowly.
- Know your brakes. If you have anti-lock brakes (ABS) and need to slow down quickly, press hard on the pedal-it’s normal for the pedal to vibrate a bit when the ABS is activated.
- Don’t stop if you can avoid it. There’s a big difference in the amount of inertia it takes to start moving from a full stop versus how much it takes to get moving while still rolling. If you can slow down enough to keep rolling until a traffic light changes, do it.
- Don’t power up hills. Applying extra gas on snow-covered roads just starts your wheels spinning. Try to get a little inertia going before you reach the hill and let that inertia carry you to the top. As you reach the crest of the hill, reduce your speed and proceed down hill as slowly as possible.
- Don’t stop going up a hill. There’s nothing worse than trying to get moving up a hill on an icy road. Get some inertia going on a flat roadway before you take on the hill.
Well, I hope you find some of the tips helpful as well and are ready for your next winter road trip. I so cannot wait to get out in the snow. <3
photo credits: V’s World