Depending on the way you approach it, driving in the rather unreliable snow of the Alps can either be a pure joy or an unmitigated nightmare. In any and all instances though it’s inevitably a more dangerous pursuit than hitting the average tarmac motorway, so it’s important to have your wits about you.
So with those in mind that are planning to do a little exploring of their own by car this winter, here’s a look at a few of the most important tips from the experts on driving in the Alps:
Allow Loads of Time
The more time you have to play with on your journey, the more likely you are to take your time and drive carefully. Speeding to a flight you’re already late for is dangerous at the best of times – on icy roads you’re dicing with death! So no matter how much time you think you might need to add on, add a further 20% or so onto this as an absolute minimum. Stick to Main Roads
Taking a tour to some of the smaller towns and villages is always a nice thing to do, but if you’re driving yourself and your group anywhere, stick to the main roads. The weather can come in at the drop of a hat without any warning and roads can quickly become blocked. So unless you’re happy to spend a night or two stuck in the car, stick with major roads.
Speaking of sleeping in the car, as you never know when and where you might get stuck or how long for, you need to pack plenty of supplies. This means warm clothes, a source of light, food, drinks and a means of calling for help.
Let Someone Know Where You’re Going
Be sure to let at least one person of a responsible nature know where you are going and what time you should be there by. This is so that they can put the alarm out if you don’t turn up as you should, plus they’ll also be able to tell the emergency services the route you took to help them get to you quicker.
Use Snow Chains
If snow chains are recommended, use them! There are some roads on which it is almost impossible to drive even remotely safely without snow chains – these warnings aren’t just there for the sake of it – they could save your life.
Make Sure Your Car is Suitable for the Conditions
Your car might be fine for the hop form Sheffield to Dover, but will it really cut the mustard in the Alps? Unless you can say for sure it will, get it checked before you go. Watch the Weather
Listen to and heed any and all warnings of poor weather as when they say the roads are in a bad way in the Alps, they don’t half mean it!Take the Bus
Last but not least, the safest way to drive in the Alps is to not drive at all – make use of the fast, affordable andsuper-cosy ski airport transfers
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