Snow Emergency Travel Kit Essentials for Winter Driving
Grandma Always Said,” Don’t Leave Home Without Clean Underwear”.
Here Are a Few Things She Forgot…
While driving in any weather can put you in an emergency situation, winter weather can make these situations even more dangerous. Road conditions can change rapidly, becoming snow and/or ice covered without warning. Although we can’t predict when an emergency will occur, we can prepare for these situations.
Grandma was full of useful information, wearing clean underwear may not have been at the top of this valuable list. So, let’s talk about some useful items you should have in your vehicle during the winter months, as well as things you should do prior to driving.
Before leaving be sure to clear your vehicle of snow and ice. This includes the roof, sensors, and backup cameras. Also, make sure the fuel tack in full and there is plenty of antifreeze and windshield wiper fluid.
The National Safety Council recommends always having the following items with you:
- Properly inflated spare tire, wheel wrench and tripod jack
- Jumper cables
- Tow and tire chains
- Bag of salt or cat litter for better tire traction or to melt snow
- Tool kit
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- Reflective triangles or flares
- Compass • First aid kit
- Windshield cleaner
- Ice scraper and snow brush
- Matches in a waterproof container
- Scissors and string or cord
- Nonperishable, high-energy foods like unsalted, canned nuts, dried fruits and hard candy
- Blankets, mittens, socks, and hats
I would suggest adding bottled water to this list. And if you choose to follow Grandma’s instructions and wear clean underwear that is totally a personal decision.
Winter road trips no matter how short or long can pose many dangers. Being prepared for these dangers could be the difference between life and death.
In summary, leave early, slow down and be prepared.
Written By: Colleen Gemmill