Enjoy The Slopes Safely This Winter
Thrifty Car Rental gives its top tips for driving in winter conditions
LONDON, Feb. 5, 2014
LONDON, Feb. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --With the Winter Olympics in Sochi due to
kick off this weekend, many winter sports enthusiasts have been inspired to
head to ski-slopes across Europe. However, with driving conditions
particularly challenging in the snow, Thrifty Car Rental (www.thrifty.com),
part of the Hertz Corporation (NYSE: HTZ), has put together some useful tips
to help drivers stay safe on the road.
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Tom Kelley, Vice President, Dollar Thrifty International, explained: "Hiring a
vehicle can be an affordable and convenient transport solution when travelling
to and getting around ski-resorts in Europe. However, families and enthusiasts
who are heading to the slopes this winter must be particularly careful when
setting off on any journey. Driving in the snow can be a challenging and
potentially dangerous activity and drivers must be fully prepared for all
scenarios. Therefore we decided to share some helpful safe driving advice to
anyone who plans to get behind the wheel for business or pleasure over the
When travelling in a foreign country or region, it is often unknown what
conditions or terrain you may face on your journey. Therefore it is always
important to be prepared for the worst, especially when driving in snowy,
slushy, or icy conditions and the following tips may come in handy:
oKnow where you're going before you set out in your car, as everything can
look very different under a layer of thick snow, and signs may be
obscured. If you have a sat nav / GPS, then programme it before you set
off to find the best route.
oListen to weather and traffic forecasts and check for road closures. If
bad weather is predicted, listen for guidance from weather forecasters and
traffic agencies. It may be advisable to delay your trip, even just a few
hours can make a difference.
oBefore you start out warm the car and ensure that all lights, windows and
mirrors are clean and free of snow and ice. Don't use hot water on glass –
the sudden change can crack the glass; an ice-scraper is inexpensive and
effective. On the inside, use the air-con to remove condensation and
activate front and rear windscreen heaters.
oMake sure that you and your passengers are equipped for bad weather. Dress
warmly and have a rug or blanket in the boot of the car. Winter sun can be
low and cause glare, especially in snowy conditions, so have suitable
driving glasses to hand in your car.
oDrive slowly – Everything takes longer on snow-covered roads.
Accelerating, stopping, turning...nothing happens as quickly as on dry
pavement. Give yourself time to by maneuver driving slowly.
oIncrease following distance – The normal dry road following distance of
three to four seconds should be increased to eight to ten seconds in snow
and slushy conditions.
oWatch out for black ice - remember it may not always be visible. Drive
your car with extreme caution. Try not to brake sharply. If you do go into
a skid, drive into it, and never brake on ice.
oIf your car gets stuck in snow, shift into a high gear, keep your wheels
straight and gently go back and forth until you are free. A spade or old
sack/rug can help in case you can't drive straight out.
For those families who do not own a car or are flying to their destination,
renting a vehicle at their resort is often a convenient and affordable travel
solution. Hiring a car can be essential for those self-catering - especially
if located outside of a resort - offering the freedom to explore a variety of
ski runs and other winter destinations at your own leisure. Car rental
companies like Thrifty provide a wide range of reliable, nearly new cars
suited to tackling difficult winter terrain and conditions. Vehicles can also
be equipped with essential winter driving gear, including ski racks and tyre
chains where needed.
Thrifty has locations at all major airports near to the ski resorts in the
mountains of the Pyrenees, the Alps and Sierra Nevada - in the south of Spain
-. All vehicles also come with free 24/7 roadside assistance should you
encounter any problems.
For more information about Thrifty Car Rental's destinations and services,
Notes to editors:
Thrifty Car Rental, subsidiary of The Hertz Corporation, has served
value-conscious travellers since 1958. Together, Thrifty and Dollar have
approximately 1,400 corporate and franchisee locations in circa 75 countries.
For more information, visit: www.thrifty.com.
Hertz Group Press Contact
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