Regional Driving Tips – Staying Safe, Regardless of the Climate


So, you’re planning a family road trip, huh? And, while we’re sure that you’ve planned out the routes you’re going to take, how you’ll keep the kids busy while on the road, and of course, how often you intend to take the “rest area” breaks, have you considered the driving hazards of the various regions of the country? Now, we aren’t the paranoid types here at Go-Part.com, but as the old adage goes: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. So, to help you prepare for any unfortunate contingencies while out there on the road, we’ve put together some information, and pulled resources from other reliable locations, to help you keep the family safe…after all, if you think that answering the question “Are we there yet?” is annoying, try answering “Why are we in this ditch?”

Know Where You’re Going

Maps can do wonders for telling you where you’re going and how you’ll get there, but do they tell you what the weather will be like? Always be sure to check out the local forecast before shoving off on your cross-country adventure. The climate will play a huge role in the success of your trip, so use national sites like “The Weather Channel” to know what to expect. If you don’t believe us, take this VERY TRUE story, which I can attest to, as it happened to me, as an example:

In July of 2006, I moved from Atlanta, Georgia to Los Angeles, California. With a friend as my co-pilot, we ventured across the country in a rental truck, towing my car. While we made incredible time, we forgot to plan for the OTHER half of the journey, and ended up in Phoenix, AZ at 1:00 pm on July 26th. It was 114 degrees outside, according to a bank that we passed along the way, and overheating became a real issue. If we turned the AC on, the engine started to overheat. If we turned it off and opened the windows, it was like a blow drier in our faces. Our solution: alternate between AC and no AC, with the windows staying up the entire time.

Yeah, had we planned a bit better, I wouldn’t be medium-well today…

Use these resources to avoid being medium-well after your next trip:

http://www.weather.com/

http://forecast.weather.gov/zipcity.php

http://www.crownweather.com/

Understand HOW to Drive in Adverse Conditions

Once you’ve outlined the likely weather conditions for your next trip, always be sure that you read up on how to handle these conditions while on the road. For example, if you’re leaving Florida and heading to New York, the weather may seem great in both places. But, have you considered what you may run in to at higher altitudes along the way? Knowing how to handle rain, sleet, or snow that you may encounter can be a defining factor in the safety and comfort of your trip!

Here are some interesting sites that outline how you can ensure your family’s safety when driving in less-than-ideal conditions:

Snow: http://www.weather.com/activities/driving/drivingsafety/drivingsafetytips/snow.html

Rain: http://www.smartmotorist.com/driving-guideline/tips-for-driving-in-rain.html

Heat: http://news.consumerreports.org/cars/2010/07/tips-for-driving-in-the-summer-heat-.html

Regardless of where you’re heading, always remember that mapping out the likely weather conditions you’ll experience is just as important as mapping out the route you’ll take to get there! By taking a few minutes during the planning stages, you can be sure that you won’t encounter any unexpected surprises involving the weather.

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