Planning the perfect winter road trip

By: Auto Gallery of Winnipeg   |   31 Dec 2018

Thinking of heading off on an awesome road trip this winter? If so, you are in for a real treat, that is, if you are well prepared. Here we will look at some of the most important details to keep in mind when planning your winter road trip.

Plan together

The best plans are always those that are made collaboratively, so make sure that your trip will be memorable for all the right reasons by involving your entire crew in planning out the details. Not only will this ensure that everyone gets to have their opinions heard, but you are far less likely to forget about something important.

Book ahead

Whatever you decide to do, you can rest assured that others will have the same or similar plans as you; therefore, if any element of your trip will require a booking – such as hotels, tours or equipment rentals – book it sooner rather than later to avoid disappointment.

Ready your ride

Dealing with harsh winter conditions requires that your vehicle is at its best, which is why it is a good idea to have your ride serviced before you head off on your trip. Replace your wipers and upgrade your tires if necessary too, and be sure to have your battery tested, because freezing temperatures tend to drain a battery faster than usual. Don’t forget to pack an emergency road kit as well, just in case.

Bring your own

A road trip can get expensive quickly if you aren’t careful; however, an easy way to save some money is by bringing your own supplies from home as much as possible. Packing your own drinks and snacks can save you a small fortune, as can bringing your own skates, sleds, boards, or skis. Having a few more of your own supplies will also mean you spend a lot less time waiting in often long line-ups.

Check out a festival (or two!)

Want to add a guaranteed highlight to your trip? If so, plan your trip to coincide with a winter festival or two! Whether you check out the Ice Magic Festival in Lake Louise (Jan 16-27, 2019), hit up the Rossland Winter Carnival (Jan 24-27, 2019), or drop in on Whistler’s World Ski & Snowboard Festival (April 10-14, 2019), your entire gang will be in for something special.

Watch the weather

Winter driving conditions can be challenging to say the least, making it wise to watch the weather as much as possible both before and during your trip. Aside from making it easy to avoid the worst conditions, this may also save you from being knocked off schedule by accidents, traffic, or road closures.

Whether you need tips on planning your winter road trip or are in the market for a quality used vehicle, you’ve come to the right place, because you’ll find all you need right here at Auto Gallery Winnipeg. Just give us a call, get in touch online, or drop by and see us in person here at 3777 Portage Avenue Winnipeg where our team of friendly and knowledgeable experts will be happy to help.


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