By Darryl Payne
Posted on February 18, 2013
Whether your next trip to the Smokies involves staying in a hotel, motel, condo or Tennessee rental cabin, we hope that you find time to make an excursion into Great Smoky Mountains National Park. However, you can make your travels safe and avoid unnecessary headaches by following these five suggestions from the National Park Service.
1. Don't drive impaired - This should go without saying, but many park roads are narrow and curvy, which are unforgiving conditions if you're mental state is at all compromised by alcohol consumption.
2. Check for weather-related closures - Especially this time of year, high-elevation roads can be closed due to snow and ice, even in early spring. Check the latest closure announcements at http://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/temproadclose.htm.
3. Don't overheat your engine and brakes - On hot days, keep an eye on your engine temperature light, and when driving steep mountain roads, be careful not to ride your brakes. Instead, shift into a lower gear.
4. Allow faster traffic to pass you - As a courtesy to other drivers, pull over onto a pullout area to let faster drivers pass.
5. Don't run out of gas - Be aware that there are no gas stations in the national park. Get your filling up done before you enter!
About Darryl Payne
Darryl Payne is a native of East Tennessee in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. He is a web developer with a passion for building great websites. As a local, he can offer a unique perspective on where to stay and things to do while on vacation in the Smokies. To read his latest recommendations, please click the Google+ follow button.