This winter is officially here and we’ve already experienced several substantial weather-related events around the country. If you’re planning a road trip this winter, it’s important to prepare for the weather and the possibility of an unexpected roadside emergency.
Winter Vehicle Maintenance
Before heading out on your trip, be sure to get a winter maintenance vehicle checkup. The cold weather extremes can be hard on the car. Check the tire pressure, your battery, belts, hoses, radiator, lights, breaks, heater/defroster, and wipers. You certainly don’t want to be kicking yourself because your stranded with a dead battery.
Once you’re sure the car is good to go, don’t let your tank fall below half full as you travel. This way, if you happen to get caught in bad weather or a weather related traffic snarl, you are less likely to run out of gas.
Two Winter Survival Kits
While you may never need it, be sure to pack a winter survival kit just in case you find yourself off the road, lost and stuck. When you’re prepared you’ll be ready to hunker down and wait for help. There are two types of kits to pack, or you can purchase a ready-made kit that has everything you need in one convenient pack.
Personal Survival Kit
The basic personal survival kit should include items including flashlight, batteries, blanket, snacks, water, gloves, boots, and a first aid kit. These items will provide for basic needs like warmth and nourishment. If you do find yourself stranded, be sure to stay in your car, turn on your hazard lights, and call for help.
Winter Survival Kit for Your Car
A winter survival kit for your car should hold travel gear, ice scraper/snowbrush, jumper cables, road flares, a folding shovel, and tire chains which would be used in extreme situations.
One last tip before you hit the road: program local traffic stations on your car radio so you can have reports at your fingertips.