Imagine waking up in the middle of winter. Overnight, snow fell from the sky, but the roads and sky remain clear. You notice that your car has a thick layer of snow as you approach the front door. The snow is so thick that you open the trunk to find your ice scraper. After breaking it or losing it last year, most likely you forgot about buying a new one.
You don’t have a good brush, so you use the next best thing to brush the snow off your arm. You are running late so you wipe down the windows. You’re done, and you get in the car to head towards work. You drive out of your driveway to head towards the main road. You drive to your favorite music and a snowflake from the roof falls onto your windshield. It blocks your view of traffic and the road ahead. You’re driving blind! When it happens, you desperately try to switch on your wipers. You smash the car into the stop sign with all your might.
It is a minor collision, and no one is hurt. This whole situation could have been avoided if you were better prepared.
There are many steps you can take to avoid a wintry collision. Winter roads can be dangerous, so it is important to be ready for anything. Preparing for winter road emergencies is crucial to ensure your safety. It will make your life easier in case you get in an accident or are stuck in the snow.
It is possible to puncture a tire and run out of gas. This can lead to you slipping off the road. Having an emergency kit will allow you to get back safely and efficiently on to the road.
It is essential that you have a fully charged smartphone with you when it is cold outside. It is important to make sure your phone is charged fully before you go into the car.
Car Emergency Kit List
Keep the following items in a small bag in your trunk. To make it easier to locate what you need, keep them in a transparent container. You can either buy a pre-made kit or make your own.
These items are essential for any emergency:
– Hats and socks, gloves, and hats.
– Snow brush and Ice scrapper
– Flashlights and additional batteries available.
– Jumper cables.
– Complete first aid kit with all necessary items such as gauze, band-aids and antiseptic wipes.
– Bottles of water
– A multi-tool such as a Swiss Army Knife.
– Reflective road triangles and flares
– Winter windshield cleaner.