Are You Ready for Winter Travel?

With Ol' Man Winter about to make an appearance, you never know where you’ll be when you could find yourself in trouble. Being prepared with at least a half tank of gas, a cell phone adapter that can plug into a lighter, or simply letting someone know where and when to expect you could save your life

So before you travel this Holiday Season, remember to carry a Winter Survival Kit in the car. In an emergency, it could save your life and the lives of your passengers. Here is what you need:

  • a shovel
  • windshield scraper and small broom
  • flashlight with extra batteries
  • battery powered radio
  • water
  • snack food including energy bars
  • raisins and mini candy bars
  • matches and small candles
  • extra hats, socks and mittens
  • First aid kit with pocket knife
  • Necessary medications
  • blankets or sleeping bag
  • tow chain or rope
  • road salt, sand, or cat litter for traction
  • booster cables
  • emergency flares and reflectors
  • fluorescent distress flag and whistle to attract attention
  • Cell phone adapter to plug into lighter

Remember always call 911 if you find yourself in trouble and follow the instructions until help arrives. Stay in your car and tie a florescent flag outside your window. At night, keep your dome light on. Rescue crews can see a small glow at a distance.

It's better to be cold and awake than comfortably warm and sleepy. Snow can plug your vehicle's exhaust system and cause deadly carbon monoxide gas to enter your car. Only run the engine for 10 minutes an hour and make sure the exhaust pipe is free of snow. Keeping a window open a crack while running the engine is also a good idea.

Happy travels!

 

Carolyn Bardach

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