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Sanef Tolling’s - Driving to the Alps Winter Survival Guide!

Every year hundreds of UK holiday makers visit the Alps on walking, site seeing or skiing holiday breaks. Some people choose to fly then use tour companies to take them onto the holiday resort via coach, while others prefer to hire a car directly from the airport. There are a growing number of people who are choosing to drive the whole distance, using one of the many ferry services to transport them safely across the channel.  There are many reasons for choosing to drive, including cost, ease of transporting Ski’s and other essentials and the green aspect, as cars burn less fuel than planes, creating fewer emissions. If you do decide to drive to the Alps it’s important to be prepared for quickly changing weather conditions and it’s also important to consider situations such as getting stuck in the snow, or having a vehicle breakdown. Here is our five recommend items to bring with you on your journey, to ensure it goes as smoothly as possible.

Make Sure You Don’t Get Stuck!

As you might imagine the roads surrounding the Alps are often snow covered and even though they are regularly cleared, a sudden downfall can quickly make driving uphill a very slippery ordeal. Snow chains, a shovel and tow rope are all items we’d suggest having in the boot of your vehicle. Some of the mountain resorts insist on the use of snow chains in order to reach the apartments safely.

Get Connected

We’re lucky to live in an age where technology has given us access to mobile phones and GPS devices. Make sure to have a charged mobile phone in the car, and then should the worst happen and you run into difficulty, help will hopefully only be a phone call away. It’s also a good idea to let a friend or family member know the route your planning to take, then let them know when your setting off and tell them you’ll call them on arrival at  your destination. This way should you not call them, they’ll be able to raise the alarm and know the roads where you might be having difficulty. A GPS device will help you stay focussed on the driving and take the stress away from map reading. On the unlikely event you have to leave the car and walk, the GPS can be taken with you, which will help to indicate the right direction to go.

Automated Payments Save Time

Although a telepeage toll tag isn’t going to help you half way up a mountain, it will certainly make reaching your given destination more enjoyable and straight forward. Using a telepeage tag means that you don’t have to keep stopping at every toll booth, as automatic payment is collected from the telepeage tag as you pass through the telepeage lane. By avoiding the queues you’ll reach your destination sooner, and not only start enjoying your holiday earlier, you might avoid poor weather that’s approaching as well.

First Aid and Safety

Having a well-stocked first aid kit is a good idea for any vehicle but when travelling through cold conditions it’s a good idea to add some additional items. A Survival blanket is important as if anyone in the car is hurt or should you have to wait outside the vehicle it will help to keep you warm until help arrives, other blankets should also be packed if you have the space.

Let there be Light

The final item of equipment that we’d recommend taking with you is a reliable torch. A torch will not only be useful should you have to walk, leaving the vehicle behind, but should your car become stuck in the snow and ice at night it’ll make the task of putting on snow chains and digging yourself out all the more easy.

Although the above list is only very general it’s a good ideas to seriously think about the items you should have with you and that will help you be prepared for the unexpected. For more information about driving in France and using our Telepeage toll tags please contact Sanef Tolling today on +44 (0)1423 299017. Alternatively you can contact us here.