Thank you to Sam’s Club for sponsoring this post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. I only work with brands I know and love.
‘Tis the season for winter travel! We travel A LOT. I travel to North Carolina almost once a month for work, and when I am not traveling for work, we often travel to visit family. My husband drives almost 30 minutes to work each day and we tend to have a few big snow storms each winter where we live. So, while we try not to travel far distances when the weather is bad, my husband still has to go to work and is on the road. This winter, he will be on the road even more, he will be operating the snow plows for the city that he works for. Needless to say, staying safe on the road during the winter is constantly on my mind. Over the years, we have learned what to do and not to do while driving during the winter and today, I’m excited to share some of those tips with you.
Winter Travel Tips: Staying Safe on The Road
Stay home, if possible
I know this isn’t always possible-but if you can, simply stay home. If the roads are icy or snowy, waiting until the proper crews have time to clear the roads and announce they are passable is the safest possible option.
Always be prepared
Being prepared is the key to staying safe during winter travel. Whether it’s an unexpected snow storm or a flat tire during below zero temperatures, there are ways to stay safe and be prepared. A few ways to stay prepared are:
- Keep a blanket or two in your car. Also, make sure you are prepared with gloves, hats and a coat.
- Keep bottled water in your vehicle, along with some non-perishable snacks, in the event that you have to remain in your car for awhile
- Keep signaling devices (such as flares or glow sticks) in your vehicle
- Make sure your cell phone is fully charged before leaving to travel (or carry a cell phone charger with you)
- Make sure that you have a full tank of gas
- If you take medication, carry your next dose with you. In the event that you are stranded, this is imperative.
- If you are traveling with little ones, carry extra food, diapers and wipes. Also, make sure you have enough blankets and coats to keep them warm in the event you are stranded.
- Some people carry a snow shovel or other supplies to help them in the event that they slide off of the road and are stuck.
*Note: No photos were taken while driving, all photos were taken while I was a passenger in the vehicle. Always make sure your are stopped and in a safe location while taking photos from your vehicle*
Even during summer months, I always make sure to communicate my travel plans. Whether I am going to the grocery store or heading out for a road trip, I make sure that my husband knows when I am leaving and where I am going. I also try to send a text when I arrive, especially if I have our little one with me. Some people may think this is a ‘bit much’, but it is truly a safety precaution. My dad instilled this in me when I was younger, and I still believe in it to this day. Letting someone know your travel plans, near or far, allows them to check on you if you don’t make it to your destination. This is huge in the horrible event that you are in a wreck, run off the road, or have a flat tire.
Maintain your vehicle
Maintaining your vehicle is the first step in ensuring you are safe on the road this winter. Preventing disaster before it strikes is so important. If your tires aren’t properly inflated or you need new tires, it is only a matter of time before disaster strikes. While I am not the most mechanically inclined person, I do know exactly where to take my vehicle to ensure it is properly maintained.
Sam’s Club is in my opinion, the best choice for car maintenance. We all know that tires, especially, can be expensive. It’s one of those expenses that unfortunately, some people put off until it’s too late. Sam’s Club is here to help with that. If you have been avoiding getting new tires for your vehicle because you are worried about the expense, I highly encourage you to visit your local Sam’s Club-with their Dare to Compare Event, you really can’t afford not to!
Sam’s Club offers the best ‘all-in’ tire prices on the best tire brands (Michelin, Goodyear, BF Goodrich and Pirelli) and if you find a competitor’s price that is cheaper-Sam’s Club will match it! Even better? Their tire installation package is AMAZING! The Sam’s Club Tire Installation Package* provides members with the following benefits and services for as long as they remain an active member of Sam’s Club:
- Tire Mounting
- Tire Lifetime Balancing
- Tire Lifetime Rotation
- A Value Stem
- No Charge Tire Lifetime Flat Repair
- 24-hour Emergency Roadside Service
*Complete terms and conditions of all Sam’s Club warranties and services can be obtained at any Sam’s Club Tire and Battery Center location
You can’t beat that! How much have we all spent on flat repairs in our lifetime? Before I was aware of the services that Sam’s Club offered, I am ashamed to admit how much we have spent over the years on flat repairs! Tire rotation and balancing? That’s an entirely different story–and a huge amount of money spent! And the roadside service? An amazing perk! We frequently shop at Sam’s Club and as a busy mom, I love the fact I can have my car serviced and grocery shop at the same time! I am all about saving time and money as a mom, and Sam’s Club is perfect for doing just that!
Current deals include:
- Michelin – $70 off any set of 4 new Michelin passenger or light truck tires. Ends Dec. 24th
- Goodyear and Pirelli – $80 off 4 new passenger or light truck tires. Ends Dec. 31st
How Sam’s Club “Dare to Compare” offer works:
§ Bring a valid “all-in” quote from a tire sales and installation retailer to your Sam’s Club Tire and Battery Center service counter. The quote must be printed on dealer/retailer letterhead and dated within the past 7 business days.
§ The tire must be the same brand, same line, same load index and speed rating (service description) as the tire intended for purchase at Sam’s Club. Sam’s Club carries some club-specific tire lines – in these cases, Sam’s Club will compare the club-specific tire line to the equivalent general-market tire line. Sam’s Club considers the following tire lines to be equivalent and will price match accordingly:
o Club-Specific Tire Model: General-Market Tire Model
o BFGoodrich Touring T/A: BFGoodrich Advantage T/A
o Michelin Defender XT: Michelin Defender
o Michelin X Radial LT2: Michelin LTX M/S2
What is your number one winter travel safety tip?
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sam’s Club Auto Dare to Compare.