Winter doesn’t officially start until Dec. 21, but for many of us, the season is already here. Driving in blizzard-like, icy conditions can be dangerous. If you were to become stranded in your car, do you have the necessary tools to get by until help arrives? Here are a few winter car survival tips, some courtesy of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:
- Have your car inspected and winterized (check battery, tires, fluid levels)
- Stock your vehicle with essentials including a shovel, broom, ice scraper, jumper cables, flashlight, warning devices and blankets for protection from the cold
- Make sure your cell phone is fully charged, and always keep a car charger in your glove box
- Keep extra food (granola bars, other portable snacks) and water on hand, as well as any medications you may need while you’re waiting for assistance
- If you’re driving and experience a snowy “white-out,” it’s a good idea to pull over until it subsides
- Depending on your state, the Department of Transportation probably provides free road assistance, such as tire changes, tows, etc.; keep their number handy at all times in case of an emergency
The most important takeaway from all of this is to be prepared. Try not to panic, and if the weatherman is predicting heavy snowfall and adverse traffic conditions, it’s probably best to postpone your trip until the roads improve.
Whether 10 years have passed or you’ve filled your passport book with stamps, the time will inevitably come to renew your passport. Or, if you’ve planned your first trip abroad, it may be time to apply for your first passport. Whether you’re applying or renewing, here are a few pieces of advice for the process.
For most of us, time in the car is “me time.” You can listen to that podcast you’re captivated by, blast that pop song and sing along at the top of your lungs or listen to the next chapter in that biography e-book you’re almost finished. A road trip only amplifies those opportunities. So, next time you’re traveling by road, take the wheel and take control. Opt for a rental car on your next vacation, rather than a rideshare, taxi or public transportation, and enjoy the open road on your own terms.
Deciding to purchase travel insurance can either be a lifesaver or a waste of money, depending on your personal circumstances, your travel experience and the company you choose to purchase insurance from. Before you decide whether travel insurance is right for you, consider the following tips.
All Nippon Airways (ANA) is the largest airline in Japan. With flights from the United States to Japan and all of Asia, it's the perfect airline to book your next trip with. From ANA's amazing in-flight food to its excellent customer service, it comes as no surprise ANA has been awarded five stars for its seventh consecutive year by the SKYTRAX World Airline Rating.