Winter Holiday Travel Guide: Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of The Undomestic Mommy’s Winter Holiday Travel Guide. You can find the rest of the series here.

For most of us, holiday travel is a must! Especially for those of us with kiddos that everyone wants to see! (And let’s be honest, they really are the only ones people really care about seeing, lol.) I don’t know about all of you guys, but I never felt more pressure to make appearances at so many holiday get togethers with family than I do now with little ones. It’s akin to right after you have a baby and everyone comes to visit to see your cute new baby; meanwhile you’re in the background all like, “yup, I just gave birth to another human being, but I’m totally fine, thanks for NOT EVEN BOTHERING TO ASK!” So before kids, no one really questioned it when I didn’t show up, but now it’s like, “you better be there so we can see (i.e. feed all the sugary treats we have to right before you leave) those girls of yours! In a cruel twist of irony, once you have kids it also becomes much more stressful to travel, especially in the winter! For those of you in Wisconsin like me, or in any of the other northern states that get snow, you know this all too well. So I’ve decided to put together a short list of some essential tasks/considerations that can help put your mind a little more at ease when it comes time to brave those winter roads this year.

  • Make Sure You Have Good Tires- I’m not exactly sure about the mechanics of tires and the difference between their designs, but from experience I can tell you that snow tires are your friend.  And be careful about all-weather tires because even those typically have a certain weather type the work considerably better in.  Case in point, my Alero had all-weather tires but they were more geared toward rain than anything else, which they handled great in, but snow?  OMG it was a nightmare!  So make sure you have the right tires and you can save yourself from a potential piss-your-pants moment later.
  • Make Sure You Have Good Working Breaks- This is an obvious one that, obviously, always applies.
  • If You Can Get A 4-Wheel-Drive Vehicle, Seriously Consider It- We used to own a big pick-up truck, and the 4WD handled sooooo much better in the snow than any 2WD vehicle I’ve ever driven.  And for those of you here in Wisconsin in the market for a new vehicle, you can check out some of the new 4WD vehicles like the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra at the Sheboygan Chevy Dealership.
  • Make Sure You Have Your Registration & Insurance Info- You never know what might happen out there that may cause you to need it, and additionally, you are required to have your insurance information in the vehicle or on your person when you are driving on a Wisconsin roadway.  It is also important to be familiar with your insurance’s policy regarding things like towing, which you’re more likely to need in Winter.

This list is far from all inclusive, but it covers a few very important basics.  Have a safe and happy holidays, and be sure to check out the rest of my Winter Holiday Travel Guides!

*This is a sponsored post, but all opinions and ideas expressed are 100% mine.*

About Ashley {a.k.a. The Undomestic Mommy}

Ashley is a single mother (of two wonderful little girls), a daughter, a sister, a friend, a student, and a blogger living a life of undomestic bliss in the Dairy State. When asked about what she does in her free time she is likely to appear slightly befuddled and ask what this "free time" is that you speak of.

Posted on December 20, 2013, in Winter Holiday Travel Guide. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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