Staying Safe in the Snow
Like it or not, winter is in full swing. To keep away from a disastrous drive through this winter wonderland (not), I’ve put together a list of the top ten things you should keep in your car so you don’t end up in the news:
- Wool Blanket: If you’re stuck in a car that won’t start and you have to wait in the cold for help to come, having a blanket will make the wait a little less painful.
- Traction Assistance: Carry sand, kitty litter, grit or even better, a metal cleat in the back of your car. Sometimes all it takes is a little traction to get you unstuck.
- Snow Shovel: In case all you have to do is clear the snow or ice away from your tires, grab a short metal shovel and stick it in the back of your car.
- First-Aid Kit: It’s always a good idea to have a First-Aid kit.
- Hand Warmers: If you have to brave the negative temperatures to look at the engine or change a tire, pack some hand warmers to defrost your poor fingers.
- Jumper Cables: These will come in handy if your battery is dead or depleted… and someone offers to help. There are good people out there so I’m sure at least someone will come to your rescue.
- Flashlight: So you can see, obviously.
- Cell Phone Charger: Everyone has a cell phone these days so it won’t be a problem to call up a buddy or event the police to come help you. However, if you don’t have any juice, that will be kind of hard.
- Bottle of Water/Dried Snacks: You never know how long you’ll be stranded in your car, so it’s a good idea to bring water and snacks. Even though I’m sure it’d be fine to just go outside and eat snow to keep hydrated, a water bottle is more ideal. Snacks like protein bars and jerky can keep your energy up until someone finds you.
- Flares/Matches: Use flares when your stuck or stranded so 1) people don’t hit you in the dark and 2) those looking for you can find you. Matches are pretty self-explanatory.
Stay warm and safe!