If you are traveling to the US or you live in the US and need to get around – take care in the coming days due to the heavy snow storms and high winds that have affected regions across the country. According to meteorologists the region stretching from Michigan to the Appalachian Mountains is next to be hit with bad winter weather. This means travel around the Great Lakes and further afield will be badly affected in the next few days.
Travel commentators advise caution when driving and only setting out on a car journey if you absolutely have to travel. If you live in an area affected by snow and ice, or you are traveling through, make sure you are keeping up to date with local weather reports and advice from the authorities.
For winter driving, pack up an emergency kit for your car that includes some food (and hot drinks), a blanket, some snow boots and maybe an extra coat, a flashlight with extra batteries, and a windshield de-icer or liquid de-icer. Before you take the car out into the winter weather, make sure it is fit for driving in snowy or icy conditions. If you are hiring a car, make sure it is suitable for winter driving. In particular, check the tires and make certain they will be safe for snow or ice.
Drive more slowly than usual – don’t be afraid to slow right down if you need to. Make sure your headlights are clear of snow and that your windshield is not obstructed by blown snow or by ice. If you are having problems seeing the road in front of you as soon as you set out, turn back – winter driving is hazardous and should not be attempted in very bad weather conditions.