Prepare Your Commute for Winter with these 8 Essentials
Winter safety is all about being prepared. You never know when your winter commute may turn into a walk through the snow. A few extra supplies in your vehicle can be enough to increase the safety of you and your family in the case of an emergency. These essentials can help you if you find yourself at the scene of an accident or in one yourself.
This is for those times when you’ve jumped in the car expecting a quick trip, but find yourself standing in the cold. A few items you might want to include are:
The cold quickly zaps the body’s energy and can leave you dehydrated. A few water bottles in the trunk would be enough to keep you going for a while. Water bottles are also easy to put in a bag or carry with you if you need to walk to a gas station. When it comes to food, energy bars are nutrient dense but lightweight and easy to carry.
A small, foldable shovel can be enough to dig your way out of a sticky situation. For those who live with deep snow throughout the winter, consider keeping a sandbag in your trunk or back of your truck. Sand/salt can be used to add weight when you need extra traction or lay some down in the snow to add grit.
Even if you have four-wheel drive, tire chains are a good idea. Be sure to get the right size and practice putting them on your tires before you go out on the road. If you get the wrong size, you could end up damaging your car or not being able to use them at all.
Whether you’re digging out of a snowdrift or jump-starting a friend’s vehicle, a flashlight can come in handy. Flashlights also make you more visible if you’re on the side of the road with a stalled vehicle. Keep a spare set of batteries too, just in case.
You should have these in your car all year round, but they are particularly important in the winter. A battery that’s already low on power can get drained even faster in the cold.
You can’t use just any windshield washer fluid. You need the kind that resists freezing. Snow and slush on your windshield can add to low visibility conditions. Keeping your windshield clean gives you a better view of the road.
A little extra cash in the car is always a good idea for emergencies. You never know what you might need and cash is the fastest way to get supplies when you’re in a pinch.
Be Prepared and Be Safe
Before you start packing your car with the essentials, take an inventory of what you already have. You may find you only need to add a few items to complete your list. Simple preparation can provide important peace of mind during the winter months.
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