Archive for February, 2019
With the upcoming winter weather make sure you are prepared when taking a long drive in these harsh conditions. Always make sure you have a emergency kit ready to go if needed. Here are some things you should include in your emergency kit.
- Candle heater and lighter
In the winter its very dangerous to keep your car running. Snow and ice can block the exhaust pipe and lead to deadly levels of carbon monoxide. Instead try a candle in a metal can, it will keep you warm in a small space such as your car.
- Flashlight and/or Flares
A flashlight is always something you should have handy. If you get stuck at night, have to change a tire, or even do a quick fix under the hood. You can also use a flashlight if you don’t have flares to alert other drivers of your presence.
- Phone charger
Your cellphone is usually your lifeline when you are stuck make sure to bring a charger.
- Simple tool kit
Some simple tools could save you from having to call a tow truck. Pack a couple screwdrivers, a adjustable wrench, some duct tape, and pliers. This small tool may help you do some quick fixes to at least get you to a service station.
- Safety absorbent or cat litter
A small bag of safety absorbent or cat litter could help you get traction when stuck in snow and ice. Safety absorbent can be purchased at any auto part store, usually used in garages for oil spills and grease.
- Jumper cables
Never count on someone else having jumper cables, another motorist can provide there car to jump you but they might not have jumper cables. Insure you have some handy instead of having to call a tow truck.
- Fold able shovel
Who really has room to keep a full sized shovel in their car, so the next best thing a fold able shovel. Digging out snow around your car when you are stuck is easier with the best tool to do it. They can be purchased online or at a military supply store.
- First Aid kit
I can not stress this enough no matter where you are going always have a first aid kit handy. You never know when you might need it. Include generic medication ( Ibuprofen, aspirin… ect.) and antiseptic solution, and lots of bandages, you can pick up kits at any general store.
- Extra clothes, blankets, and pillows
When you are stuck you never know how long you are going to be there, you might even have to stay the night in your car if help is too far out. Insure your warmth and stay dry with extra gloves, hats, jackets, pillows, hand warmers and lot of blankets.
- Bottled water and dry not perishable food.
Water and food is essential keep nonperishable food items in your vehicle preferably stuff that doesn’t have to be cooked you never know if you’ll have access to a fire.
- Tire chains and tow straps
If you get stuck a tow strap and chains might come in handy, if someone stops to help they might be able to pull you out saving you from calling a town truck once again.
There are millions of things you can bring to prepare yourself for driving in harsh weather conditions but these are just the basics. If you have any tips and trick for the snow feel to share and be safe this winter season!