Winter is here, and in full-force. The threats posed by colder conditions and winter weather are usually just an afterthought to most, but are certainly something to plan and prepare for. If your car slides off of an icy road and out of view, you’ll have to brave the storm on your own. Here are several travel tips to keep in mind and a few essential items to keep in your car at all times.
- If you’ll be travelling a long distance, remember to view weather and road conditions before leaving.
- Tell a friend, family member, or neighbor when you will be leaving, the route you will be following, and when you expect to reach your destination.
- Ensure your tank is full.
- Keep your tank over halfway full. (You’ll be able to use the heater briefly.)
- Remember that your car is much safer than trying to walk in wintery conditions.
- Turn off the engine if snowfall is heavy. (Snow can block exhaust from escaping and force it into the cabin area.)
- Track and conserve your food and water consumption.
- If you must drink snow, attempt to boil it first to remove pathogens.
- Bottled water (at least four quarts or so)
- First-aid kit
- Anti-inflammatory pain reliever
- Portable crank or solar radio
- Snack foods, such as energy bars or nuts
- Strike-anywhere matches
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- Jumper cables
- Knife and multi-tool
- Emergency flares
- Waterproof jacket or coat
- Heavy-duty boots
- Toilet paper
- Blanket or sleeping bag
- Tow rope
- Car kettle
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