When it comes to winter driving I am THE WORSE! I so much as see a snowflake and I start to panic, let alone drive in a snowstorm.
I had two instances where my car spun out of control in the snow. Those experiences jaded me. I go into total panic mode when I have to drive in snow and ice – even in our own condo complex! Our complex is on a steep hill. I would rather walk down the hill than drive my car in it.
Thank goodness I work from home. I know one day I’ll need to get back into the 9-5 work mode. Until then I am grateful I don’t usually have to leave our home during a snowstorm.
My husband has to drive in the snow. His job rarely closes due to the weather. He also has to drive through a state park (no cellphone service), cross a bridge and drive over a very scary mountain road. I had to drive that mountain road once to pick him up when his car broke down. I was in near tears! The road has a lot of twists and turns and if you slide off the road you’ll fly off the mountain. I can’t imagine driving that in inclement weather.
StateFarm has many great tips to help you stay safe and survive winter driving. Even if you don’t live in an area that snows, you can still apply a lot of the tips towards every day driving as well as driving in inclement weather.
It all starts with what is in your trunk.
If I asked you to go to your trunk at this moment in time and write a list of it’s contents, what would be some of the items you would find? I admit I have A LOT of non-car essential in my trunk. Currently in my trunk you will find;
- A box full of brand new posts and pans (I have been meaning to take them to my father’s house to store them in his basement).
- Blankets, towels and sheets (donations for the local animal shelter)
- A box full of our grown clothes of my daughter’s that I am suppose to mail to my cousin’s daughter in PA.
- A Thomas train set that I meant to drop off at Toys for Tots during the holidays
- An assortment of outdoor activity stuff (basketball, soccer ball, Frisbee…).
I THINK I have a first aid kit, but I’m not 100% sure because I can’t see what is in the back of the trunk. My husband has a first aid kit. He also has jumper cables, glow sticks, blankets, tools and a few other safety items.
Ladies, when it comes to our trunks, men are better prepared for emergencies. Our trunks are usually filled with things for the kids (toys, games, strollers…) where as men keep tools and other necessary equipment in their trunks.
Check out this interesting infographic.
This information has inspired me to remove are the junk from my junk. I am NOT prepared for an emergency. Even if I do have an emergency kit in my car it’s in the back of the trunk and it would be hard to locate it among all the unnecessary stuff in my trunk.
Does your trunk have the recommended emergency supplies? Some suggestions are;
- Small folding shovel
- Tow and tire chains
- First Aid kit
- Basic tool kit Bag of road salt or cat litter
- Blankets and extra warm clothing (socks, sweater, gloves…)
- Non-perishable food (like granola bars)
- Windshield wiper fluid
- Warning flares
- Candle and wooden matches
- Ice scraper and brush
- Cellphone charger (ideally a solar powered one or portable one that doesn’t require your car’s battery)
I would also recommend that if you are going on a road trip to let someone know what route you are taking so in the event you don’t make it to your destination people will know where to look for you.
I would also recommend keeping some quarters and a few dollars hidden in your car in case you need to walk to a payphone to call for help.
You should also check to make sure your car is in good working condition including well inflated tires, necessary fuel and gas.
StateFarm has many other great tips and suggestions on their website. I highly recommend you check them out – Winter Driving Survival Tips. You can also learn more about StateFarm and other great information/resources at www.Statefarm.com.
StateFarm would like me to offer a lucky reader a road emergency kit to help you get started in replacing the junk in your trunk with appropriate emergency equipment. The kit includes;
- Triangular-shaped tote with carry handle that doubles as a reflective hazard warning sign
- Jumper cables
- Heavy-duty plastic ice scraper
- Tire-pressure gauge
- 9-piece ratchet set with rigid hand driver, pair of standard slip-joint pliers, flathead screwdriver and Phillips screwdriver
- Electrical tape
- Blade-style automotive fuses
- Pair of white work gloves
- Insulated ring and spade terminals
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