Four Winter Travel Tips

Christmas is at the end of the week and many people will be traveling far and wide to visit their friends and family. Whether you're visiting the Lake of the Ozarks or traveling out of the state, Keys to the Lake wants to make sure you arrive at your destination safely. There will be many travelers this Christmas, so here are a few driving tips to help make your journey a little smoother brought to you by Lake of the Ozarks' best vacation rental company.

1. Check Your Car

Before taking off to your destination, make sure your car is in peak operating condition. The winter weather is rough on our cars, and nothing spoils the holidays like car issues while on the road. Check to make sure your car has the proper amount of engine oil, the correct tire pressure and that the lights are working properly. You can also make things a little easier and have your car serviced at a professional auto shop to make sure it's in tip-top shape.

2. Pack An Emergency Kit

While driving in winter conditions, it is always a good idea to have an emergency kit in your vehicle. Some items to keep in your kit include blankets, non-perishable foods, water and any medication you need. In addition to having a kit, make sure it is easily accessible.

3. Check The Weather

Before taking off, check to see what the weather conditions are not only at your destination but throughout the route that you will take to get there. If the weather is too bad to be driving in, you may need to put your plans on hold. Although you may be able to drive well in snow, not everyone else can. If you absolutely need to leave, make sure others are aware of your trip and know what time you should be arriving and what route you are taking.

4. If There's Snow

When driving during the winter months, it's important to know what you should do if it begins to snow. When there's snow, accelerate and decelerate slowly. Too much pressure on the gas or break or abrupt movements could cause the vehicle to spin out. Drive slowly, as everything takes longer on ice and snow, including stopping, accelerating and turning. Don't stop if you can avoid it. If approaching a red light, roll slowly up to it until it turns green, as it is much harder to get going from a complete stop versus a roll.

Safe Travels From Keys To The Lake!

If you are traveling this holiday season, please be safe. There will be lots of people traveling and although the Lake of the Ozarks doesn't have snow in the forecast, other places are expected to be getting snow. Keys to the Lake hopes that you stay safe while traveling this holiday season. If you are visiting the Lake of the Ozarks, visit our website at for our availability. No matter how big or small your group is, we have vacation rentals for everyone! We hope to see you soon and Merry Christmas from the best vacation rental company at the Lake of the Ozarks!

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