Are you and your vehicle ready for winter? Before you head out onto the snow covered icy roads this winter, make sure you are prepared! It is really important to put together a winter survival kit for your vehicle, especially if you travel with children on a regular basis.
The following suggestions are very useful. I know because they have come in handy for me personally and maybe we will talk about that another day…maybe.
Five things you should always have in your car in the winter in case of an emergency
Items to keep you safe and warm while you wait for help
One of the most important and probably at the top of the list is bottled water. Keeping hydrated can help you think clearly and help to keep you focused. Along, with water I would consider some high protein snacks, such as granola bars, nuts, power bars anything that will not perish quickly and can be kept in your car.
Blankets… can never have enough of these on a cold day; especially if you are stuck in snow and waiting for someone to come and get you.
Lighter, matches and flashlights with extra batteries. I would suggest you these are kept in a sealed tight container to prevent them from getting wet.
Communication. Call for help.
Before you leave your house make sure your cell phone is completely charged.
If you have a rear wheel drive vehicle a bag of sand over each wheel will help you keep traction in the snow. A shovel, cat litter and/or sand will also be very helpful in getting you out of the snow when stuck.
Plenty of Fuel
A full tank of gas is important. When the gas tank is full it helps prevent moisture from building up in the tank. This in turns helps your car to start faster on those cold mornings.
Remove all snow from your vehicle
Always carry a snow brush and an ice scraper in your vehicle. Make sure all of the snow is removed from your headlights, brake lights, turn signals, the windshield and the hood of your car prior to driving in winter conditions. This helps increase your visibility and allows other vehicles to see you on those cold, cloudy, and snowy days ahead.
Driving in the snow can be less stressful and maybe even enjoyable when you and your car are in tip top shape and ready for the unexpected.
Drive safe everyone!