• Travel tips for extreme winter weather

    2014-01-06

    From subzero temperatures in the Midwest to feet of snow in the Northeast, many travelers have felt the icy grip of winter this season. Whether you are dealing with airlines or automotive transport, there are several travel tips and tricks to keep in mind when braving extreme winter weather.

    Stay alert
    When traveling to or from an area that has a predisposition to harsh winters, remember to stay on top of not only the current and projected weather report, but on travel conditions as well. CNN encourages airport travelers to monitor social media, including following airlines on Facebook and Twitter.

    Drivers should also be aware of travel conditions when driving, which can include keeping an eye out for icy road conditions, broken water lines and car maintenance. AAA warns drivers to ensure vehicles are equipped with tires, de-icing spray and a properly maintained engine.

    Be prepared
    Always be prepared for the worst when traveling in any winter conditions. Bob Oravec, meteorologist for the National Weather Service, told The Wall Street Journal that travelers could potentially face severe conditions this season.

    "Anyone who has to be outside in this type of weather is going to suffer," Oravec told the news source.

    Make sure when traveling that you have charged whatever electrical devices you may need, or at least have brought a charger with you. While having your phone or laptop will be helpful if your travel plans are disrupted in any way, they are also a great way to stay entertained should you have unexpected free time.

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