Now that the dark nights have taken hold and the cold has arrived, travel conditions have become more difficult to handle which is why we have compiled our best advice for getting on the move this winter, however you do it.
The most important aspect of winter travel, is ensuring your safety as well as those you are travelling with.
Regardless of the method of transport, the most important piece of advice we can give is not to rush as this is when accidents happen and danger arises.
Remember to leave more time for your journey during the next few months compared to the summer and autumn so that you don’t feel the need to rush.
Here are the methods of transport we have highlighted and provided advice for keeping safe and saving money while doing so.
- Winter driving travel tips
- Winter train travel tips
- Winter flying travel tips
- Winter cycling travel tips
We have a huge number of articles which provide specific advice saving money on travel, which you can view by clicking below, however, make the advice provided in this piece will also help you understand how to stay safe while travel AS WELL AS saving money.
For more articles like the above, simply search ‘Travel’ in the MoneyMagpie search box and even more helpful articles will be provided in seconds.
Preparing before you leave
If your car has been snowed on or the windows have been frozen over, it’s important to deal with the problem in the correct way, failure to do so will endanger you on the road and potentially damage your car!
If your windows are frozen over, use water which is 35-55 degrees to remove the ice. Whatever you do DON’T USE BOILING WATER! This may lead to shattering the window completely.
Driving in snow and ice
Try to keep the following points in mind while you are driving in difficult conditions;
• Reduce your speed! Braking distance is TEN TIMES longer in the snow and ice.
• Avoid sharp braking or turning, you’ll lose control of your vehicle if you don’t.
• Use dipped headlights as the visibility in falling snow is significantly reduced.
• Drive in a lower gear than usual and instead of braking sharply, take your foot off the accelerator and then apply the brakes softly to come to a controlled halt.
The number of accidents on UK roads increases during the winter as more people are caught out by the bad road conditions, which is why it is critical to pay attention to the advice provided above.
The cost of repairing a small dent could easily be over £100 so make sure to save yourself the trouble by taking your time.
Driving in heavy rain
Wind and rain can seriously affect your driving as well as the other vehicles on the road so make sure to keep the following advice in mind;
Surface water is extremely dangerous and can cause your car to aquaplane.
This happens when the tread on your wheels get full of water and your car effectively loses all grip on the road.
If this happens, stop braking or accelerating, the water should be filtered from the tread and grip restored.
Unfortunately, flooding in the UK is becoming more prominent which means more roads will be at risk of being submerged at certain points. When approaching a flooded area, remember to;
Test the depth of the water before driving through if possible.
- Take another route if possible
- If you decide to drive through deep water; drive slowly in first gear but keep engine speed high by slipping the clutch to avoid stalling.
- Be aware of the bow wave generated by other drivers on the opposite side of the road.
- Once you have driven through water, gently squeeze your brakes while driving to dry them off.
These tips will save you money on car maintenance but more importantly, you’ll be safer on the road if you keep all of the advice in mind.
Unbelievably, rail fares are going up AGAIN in January 2019 as reported on by Sky News here.
It means that the British public will be asked to pay even more money for a series which is already coming under fire for being too expensive and problematic in terms of delays and cancellations.
However, there are ways of saving money, despite the increases.
One of the most recent pieces of good news for people aged 26-30, is that a brand new railcard is being introduced to help with the cost of travel.
Like the 16-25 railcard, it will provide 1/3rd off the price of a train ticket for millennials.
The cards go on sale on the 2nd of January and can be applied for here.
However, if you are not in this age group, the best course of action is to book as many of your train journeys NOW.
You’ll avoid the price increase even if you buy tickets in 2019 so if you are a frequent train traveller, make sure to book your journeys as soon as possible.
It goes without saying that the sooner you book your tickets, the better the price will be, but what about other ways of saving time, money and energy on flights during the winter?
During the colder months, people tend to pick up more illnesses which can be made much worse when flying.
If you have a cold and you get on a plane, the problem could be made significantly worse as the pressure in the air cabin changes.
“Avoid flying if you have a severe cold,”a fight attendant with 4 years’ experience wrote on Quora. “It can damage your eardrums, and you may lose your hearing. It happened to me once — I couldn’t hear properly for a week, and it hurt like hell.”
If you have a cold and you are due to fly, do your best to keep your airways clear using Vix Vaporub or other symptom preventing medicines. Though the virus won’t be stopped, your nose and throat could be relieved significantly, so make sure to pack some medicine for your flight if you have a bad cold.
Cycling on roads is dangerous, even in perfect conditions, never mind when it is raining or snowing.
Ultimately, if the conditions outside are treacherous, you should simply try to find a different mode of transport in the winter.
However, if you have no alternative, make sure to keep the following in mind.
If it’s really cold, consider wearing two pairs of socks and use thermal shoe covers to keep the wind off your feet.
Wear layers to keep your torso warm, including a lightweight, breathable outer jacket that is both water and wind resistant. It also helps to use fabrics that wick moisture away from the skin. This will help keep you drier and warmer.
It’s critical to warm up before any kind of physical work out, especially in the cold.
Your muscles need to be ready to work hard and stretching is key to that preparation as well as staying warm when you set off on your journey.
If you fail to prepare properly, lactic acid will quickly build up in your body and cramp will hit you hard.
Wear high visibility clothing
It is absolutely vital that you wear high visibility clothing during the winter as the dark evenings and mornings can make it even more dangerous for cyclists.
Make sure to wear your helmet along with reflective gear so that motorists can see you a mile off.