Occasionally we republish classic blog posts that remain relevant to our readers. Here’s a post first published in November 2016.
The winter season is upon us and, for much of North America, winter brings the potential for nasty weather and poor driving conditions.
But that doesn’t seem to stop us from taking winter roads trips.
But by random accident of the calendar some of our biggest holiday celebrations of the year happen during winter months, and that often means driving some distance to visit family and friends.
Maybe you want to get away from the city and relax in the mountains during a long ski weekend. Or maybe you’ll be driving for hours with friends to get home and visit parents and siblings during a break from classes.
Yes, there are lots of good reasons to take a winter road trip!
Since there is no shortage of online sources for how to prepare for winter road trips and what to bring along just in case, we’ll skip that stuff that here. Instead we offer some excellent reasons why you should without fail include a cell phone signal booster among the gear you carry when winter road-tripping.
A booster in your vehicle can assure strong, reliable cell signal during what would otherwise be dead cell zones or long stretches of spotty coverage.
Here’s 9 reasons why you need one on winter road trips.
#1 – In case of emergency By definition emergencies are unexpected and serious. Whether medical in nature, or mechanical, or weather related, always being able to use your phone while on the road means you can quickly find or summon the help you need when you need it.
#2 – To monitor your weather app Many weather apps now are hyper-local so you know within a 20-minute window when the cold front will hit or the storm will blow through. If you find yourself racing against bad weather, access to your app’s real-time updates helps you get to your destination before the storm does and avoid any nasty winter surprises.
#3 – To check your navigation app Having access to Google Maps or other GPS nav can be critical, especially when traffic or weather conditions force you to take an unplanned alternate route.
#4 – If you have car trouble Don’t let a flat tire, dead battery or low-speed skid into a snow bank ruin your winter road trip like that guy in the photo! With solid cell coverage you can quickly call AAA for a tow or a jump start.
#5 – Keep the kids (or the adults) entertained Hold the “Are we there yet?” and “How much longer?” to a minimum, with cell connectivity in your vehicle that allows passengers to play games, watch videos, chat with friends, etc., as you travel down the road toward your destination.
#6 – To find gas, food or other roadside services There are lots of road tripper apps out there designed to help you find anything you need along the journey – the lowest priced gas station, the nearest location of your favorite fast food place, maybe a unique local eatery or other unusual attraction. Access to reliable cell signal means you can find what you need and other interesting stuff too. Here’s an earlier post on our Top 5 road trip apps for 2016.
#7 – For safety/security With our busy lives and demanding schedules there’s a pretty good chance you’ll get away for your winter road trip later than you planned. But even if you end up driving on unfamiliar roads in the dark, you’ll know that help is just a quick cell phone call away should you need it.
#8 – If work needs you I know, right? You’re road tripping, but stuff still happens. Since we all live in the real world you know very well your office may try to contact you, even while you’re on the road. With solid cell reception, it won’t be a problem. And who knows? Maybe it’s YOU who will need to call the office, rather than the other way round.
#9 – To phone ahead, or phone home If you’re delayed for any reason you’ll want to let those expecting you know your status. Or maybe they’ll phone YOU to find out your updated ETA. Perhaps you just would like to make a dinner reservation or find out what time in the morning lift passes begin selling. With a signal booster in the vehicle, cell connectivity is always available.
Click below to see cell boosters for your next road trip!