An Overview of Winter Transportation Options

When winter arrives, some people stop traveling and stay home, perhaps enjoying a staycation. However, there’s a multitude of activities you can take advantage of in winter and many times you must travel to do them. Things like skiing, snowboarding, bobsledding, cross country skiing and a host of other winter activities. But how do you get there? Here are the basics of winter transportation options:

Roads and Highways

Many people will choose to hit the highway this winter, and no matter the road conditions, they will trudge through in order to get to their destination. The roads and highways in winter can make driving, and especially long distance driving, a challenge for most people. You must prepare yourself, your passengers and the car wisely in order to have a safe trip. Keeping ahead of the weather is one way to stay safe. If you can avoid driving in heavy rain or snow, your trip will be much safer. Also, make sure to check out your vehicle ahead of time. Make sure your tires are in good shape, your battery and oil as well. In winter, it’s a good idea to prepare an emergency kit, should you get stuck somewhere. Have food, water, blankets, a radio and flashlight available. Other good choices include a shovel, extra batteries and other supplies for fixing your vehicle.

Trains

Trains are an excellent mode of transportation for any season. With train travel in wintertime, there is no need to worry about being stuck somewhere or being late. Trains tend to travel on time and aren’t as affected by the weather as other means of transportation. With trains, when snow is on the tracks, most often they are able to push the snow off the tracks with the train. The weather may slow down the train somewhat, but it doesn’t tend to affect the travel time very much. With trains, you also don’t need to worry about the delays and headaches of travel by air.

Airplanes

Travel by airplane to winter destinations is probably the most popular. With air travel by plane, you don’t have to worry about going in the wrong direction or stopping at rest stops, everything is done for you. However, there are problems that tend to creep up when traveling in winter by plane. Planes are infinitely more effected by weather than other modes of transportation. When the temperature is very cold, ice tends to build up on the plane, causing problems and delays. With snow or even just heavy rain, a plane can have problems, not to mention thunderstorms. Turbulence may be more of a problem in winter. Airplanes are more effected by delays due to these reasons.

Every mode of transportation has it’s own advantages and disadvantages when travel is in wintertime, you should make the best choice depending on what your destination will be.

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