Prepare Your Car for the Perfect Winter Road Trip

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It’s that time of year again… people are talking about holiday travel and road trips! It’s obvious that I love to travel, especially on road trips, but between the holiday hassle and winter prep work involved my head starts to spin. In the past, I would just hop in my car and take off on a road trip but I was never prepared. I would always run into some sort of issue or problem which only created more hassle and stress.

It’s so important to be prepared for a road trip especially during the winter months. Treacherous driving conditions can lead to accidents, breakdowns, or getting stranded on the side of the road for long periods while waiting for help to arrive. I plan to take a road trip back home to Virginia this winter and I don’t want to have any issues or problems. So in efforts to have the perfect winter road trip, I’ve decided to share some tips to preparing your car for the perfect winter road trip!

Stay on top of your car maintenance

As we wrapped up our last road trip, we officially become road trip warriors with over 75,000 miles on our car. The key to a great road trip is having a safe and dependable vehicle. So for our upcoming winter road trip, I purchased 4 new tires for my car at my local Sam’s Club.

Since I might be traveling in rain, snow and even sunshine, I wanted to find the best all weather tires. I went online to Sam’s Club and found New Goodyear® Assurance® WeatherReady™ tires! This is not Goodyear’s first all-weather tire, but it is currently their best! Its 3D TredLock® Technology Blades provide predictable traction in turns when the weather changes. I was so excited to learn about the awesome features that I ordered 4 new tires to have installed on my car for my upcoming winter road trip! Please note, this tire does not fit all vehicles!

It was so easy to find my tire size because I just used the Sam’s Club Tire Selector Tool.  You can always find your tire size on the sidewall of your tires or owner’s manual too!

Within 4 days Sam’s Club contacted me to set up an appointment to have my tires installed! I was excited to have my New Goodyear Assurance WeatherReady tires installed because I got such a great deal on them! You get $80 off instantly* on a set of Goodyear® Tires (This tire only fits certain vehicles). *Save $80 off the displayed retail price. Excludes medium commercial truck tires. Not to be combined with any other offer. Offer can be changed, modified or cancelled at any time. No rain checks. See a Sam’s Club® Tire & Battery Center Associate for eligible tires, details, terms and conditions.

Before I knew it, I was back on the road with my new tires that can tackle ALL extreme weather conditions! Plus, I have more confidence knowing when the weather changes unpredictably; I’ll make it home safely thanks to my New Goodyear Assurance WeatherReady tires!

Stay fueled up

Don’t let your gas gauge drop much below half of a tank. I know, this means more stops for gas but should you break down, you’ll be glad of the fuel to keep your car and its heater going. You never know when you might become stranded in extreme conditions but if your gas tank is full, you will always be warm.

Make sure you have supplies

Pack these items into a clear plastic bin in your trunk to help be prepared for any emergency situation.

  • Battery-powered weather radio

  • Fully charged cell phone and charger

  • Energy-boosting snacks

  • Water in small bottles that can thaw quickly

  • First aid kit

  • Head lamp or hand-crank flashlight

  • Jacket, winter hat and gloves

  • Pocket knife or multi-tool

  • Road flares or reflective hazard triangles

  • Jumper cables or portable battery charger

  • Tire pressure gauge and tire sealant

  • Tire jack and lug wrench

  • Tow strap

  • Hand warmers

  • Warm blanket or sleeping bag

  • Snow shovel and ice scraper

When hitting the road this winter, make sure your car is prepared to get your destination safety. If a heavy snowstorm hits while you're on the road, the New Goodyear Assurance WeatherReady tires could save your life. Winter road trips – even short ones – are a great way to celebrate with family and friends. Being prepared can ensure a safe and happy time is had by all.  You can be road trip ready anytime with New Goodyear Assurance WeatherReady tires!