The Essentials of an Emergency Road Kit
Is your vehicle packed with an Emergency Road Kit?
Winter weather is just around the corner, and that means cold temperatures for many parts of the country. While many people are well prepared at home for power outages or snow emergencies, it is easy to forget that you may not be at home when you need these supplies the most!
Never fear though, this handy guide will help you to put together the perfect winter survival kit for your vehicle.
Why do you need a Cold Weather Car Survival Kit?
Being trapped in your car is a major nuisance, but in below-freezing temperatures it can be downright deadly. Hypothermia takes the lives of over 1500 Americans each year. Accidents, car trouble, or bad roads caused by winter weather are just some of the reasons you may be stuck out in the cold in your vehicle. Or you may even become stranded at work, or a relative or friend’s home. No matter where you are, having cold weather emergency supplies with you on the go is a good idea!
Who needs a winter weather kit?
Everyone! Remember, regions with mild winter weather are usually the worst at dealing with the cold when the snow begins to fall. Lack of experience with driving in icy conditions means more accidents on the roads. And cities in warmer climates do not have salt trucks or other proper equipment to keep roads safe. In January of 2014, a relatively minor snowstorm brought most of metropolitan Atlanta to a standstill. Many students could not get home from school, and many motorists spent the night in their vehicles.
What should I include in my kit?
- Lug wrench
- Chains or traction tires
- Extra car fluids:
- Washer fluid
- Non-clumping kitty litter, sand or de-icer
- Flares, reflectors and flags
- Road maps
- Extra warm clothes, boots, hat and gloves
- Ice scraper and snow brush
- Cell phone and car adapter
- Rechargeable flashlight
- First aid kit
- Matches or lighter
- Battery jumper cables
- Extra food and water
- Blanket/sleeping bags
- Pocket knife
- Car charger for your mobile phone
- Flashlight or headlamp, and extra batteries
- Emergency flares and/or reflectors
- Whistle for signalling
Remember to keep your vehicle gassed up and well serviced. It may mean the difference between being stuck in your car and getting home to your family.
And also remember that these items don’t just have to be used by you! You can be a good samaritan by having your kit ready to help others that may need assistance during winter emergencies.