As we enter mid-December, many families are gearing up to embark on their holiday journeys. This is a time of celebration, but it can also end in tragedy for some. Reports from the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration show that about 6,000 people are killed and 445,000 people are injured as a result of weather related crashes each year. Inclement weather can reduce vehicle performance as well as the driver’s capabilities. With the temperatures dropping and climate changing, it’s important to know the weather forecast for you destination to help ensure safety for you and your loved ones. Here are a few tips to get you ready for your trip!
Stay up to-date
When traveling to an unfamiliar location, it is vital to keep up-to date on the weather for that location. The FRX2 American Red Cross radio is a good way to do so. It has radio stations that announce weather warnings. It also has a built in flashlight and can be hand cranked for power and charge cell phones. Also take the time to know what the typical weather is along that path and the long-term forecast to see what may have an impact on your trip.
You never know what you may face on the road. Have a road-ready emergency kit packed for your trip. The kit should contain bottle water, food and medication and a first aid kit. Always keep an umbrella in the car. Make an emergency plan for your family. Tell your close relatives and friends who aren’t traveling with you your plans.
Drive accordingly. It’s better to be late to your destination than to get into an accident and not arrive at all. Make sure you are always paying attention to all of the lights and signs on the road. Cars are never a safe place to be in if there is a flash flood or tornado in the area. Understand what type of clouds mean danger to determine when it is necessary to get off the road.