You may be a resident of South Carolina, but that doesn’t mean you are going to stay in the local area during the winter season. At some point, such as during the holidays, you may decide to travel outside the state. When doing so, you need to keep an eye on the sky.

Planning for a long distance winter road trip is easier said than done. This is particularly true if you find yourself traveling to or through a state in which inclement weather is common.

Here are some of the best tips for planning this type of trip:

– Keep an eye on weather reports. During the days leading up to your trip, make sure you keep one eye on the weather in the areas you will be visiting.

– Make sure your vehicle is ready. For example, you don’t want to drive in snowy conditions without properly inflated tires.

– Don’t leave your vehicle if you are stuck in a snowstorm. Many people think this is the best idea, but it can be a huge mistake. Instead of leaving your car, call for help.

– Watch out for the other person. Just because you know how to drive safe in winter weather does not mean that others are doing the same.

The last thing you want is for a winter road trip to be ruined by a motor vehicle accident. If you plan on tackling winter weather in your vehicle in the months to come, do whatever you can to stay safe at all times.

Source: AAA, “Winter Driving Tips,” accessed Nov. 18, 2015