Winter Road Safety Kit

By: Marina Jurica Email
By: Marina Jurica Email

Winter means severe weather can really be dangerous. If you're not prepared, there is a winter safety kit could save your life.

One of the most hazardous places that you can be during a winter storm is in your car. During the winter months you really need to have a heightened awareness to what types of winter weather is approaching. In some cases, people have gotten stuck in their cars due to winter weather conditions so there are some precautions everyone should take during this time of year.

The most important thing to remember is to leave yourself plenty of time while you are driving in winter weather. Two other important things are to maintain at least a half a tank of gas during the winter season.

Also, place a winter emergency kit in each of your cars. The kit should include a shovel, windshield scraper and small broom, flashlight, battery powered radio, extra batteries, water, snack food, matches, extra hats, socks and mittens, first aid kit with pocket knife, necessary medications, blankets, tow chain or rope, road salt and sand, booster cables, emergency flares, and a fluorescent distress flag.

Shovels can really come in handy to dig your car out of a problem so you don’t get stuck in the snow. You can buy these collapsible shovels that don’t take as much room. Also, make sure that your car has some extra blankets because if your engine dies that will be your only source of heat.

Once you have all the elements for your kit you need a safe place to put it. The most logical place to store your emergency kit would be the trunk. The problem is if you're in a collision that damages the rear end of the car, you may not be able to get the trunk open. Consider carrying your emergency kit in a small duffel bag and storing it in the passenger's foot well, where it can be easily accessed by the driver.

Be smart on the roads this winter and be as prepared as you can be.

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