As record high temperatures take over early February, we've all been thankful for the lack of snow shoveling, windshield scraping, and winter weather commuting. On the other hand, as we get used to the higher temperatures, our minds are slowly slipping away from preparation for when winter weather does hit.
At Keystone-Deibler Straub & Troutman we are here to remind you that there is never a bad time to start preparing for winter weather to hit! One way that you can begin to prepare is by gathering up some items to create a winter emergency kit for your car. This will make things much easier if you break down, get stuck in the snow, or have an accident. Here is a list of some items that you should carry with you as winter weather sneaks its way back in.
Always make sure to have an ice scraper handy. You never know when ice will build up quickly on your vehicle. When ice builds up on the windshield, it blocks your view of the road and when it begins flying off and hitting other vehicles, it can also be a hazard to others.
If you get stuck in a situation where your car is shut off and you are unable to get heat, it can quickly get cold. Having some extra blankets inside the car is a good idea to stay warm.
Winter clothes such as extra gloves, hats, and coats are also a good idea to keep in your car for times when your car can’t be turned on. You may even have to get out of your car to clean off the windshield or scrape off ice so you always want to make sure you have the proper gear on in order to prevent frostbite.
A foldable shovel can come in handy when you need to clear a path in order to drive. It can also help to get you out of the snow if you’re already stuck.
If you do end up in a car crash, break down, or get stuck in the snow, it is a good idea to have a few flares or reflectors in order to help warn other drivers that you may be in the way. This will help prevent further accidents and alert people that you may be in need of help.
Salt or Kitty Litter
If you get stuck in the snow, laying down salt or kitty litter in front of your tires can help you to gain tire traction and get you unstuck.
First Aid Kit
If you find yourself in a car crash, a first aid kit may help with any minor injuries or help hold off some serious injuries until help arrives.
Rope or Chain
Another way that you can get your car unstuck from the snow is by keeping a rope or chain in your car to help pull your car out.
Windshield Washer Fluid
Windshield washer fluid is a great way to help clear your windshield of ice. Make sure to have extra windshield washer fluid in your vehicle and double-check that it contains antifreeze.
A tool kit can help you to fix any minor maintenance problems in your car. This can help to get you somewhere for a better repair.
Having a flashlight in your vehicle is handy for many different reasons. First, make sure the batteries are new in your flashlight before putting it into your car. A flashlight can be used to signal down other vehicles for help or as a warning to prevent further disaster. You can also use a flashlight for changing flats, seeing under the hood, and to illuminate your vehicle's cabin when writing down phone numbers and taking notes.
Pen and Notepad
If you need to call a tow truck, you may end up having to write down numbers or notes. This could include a license plate number or contact information if the incident involves another person.
If you are in a situation where you don’t have any heat in your vehicle, it could be a good idea to have a candle powered heater. All you need is a metal can, a candle, and a lighter. Even the littlest amount of heat can help!
Water and Non-perishable Snacks
When you are waiting for a long period of time in your car for help, you may get hungry. It’s a good idea to keep some snacks and water in your car. This will also help you and the passengers in your car to remain calm and less cranky.
This is a simple one, but a smart one too. Sunglasses are great to have in your car even in the wintertime. When it is sunny, the sun's rays can easily reflect off of snow and make it difficult to see where you are driving.
The cold can be hard on a car battery. If you find yourself on the side of the road with a dead battery you know what that means...no heat.
You always want to make sure that your phone is charged before you leave the house. Though we get it, sometimes life happens and you find yourself rushing out the door and forgetting that your phone is on low battery. This is why you should always keep a charger in your car in case of emergencies. You never know when you will need to call for help!
Here at Keystone-Deibler Straub & Troutman we want to make sure that you remain safe no matter the weather! Even though we can’t change the weather, we sure can provide you with some ideas that will help you through tough situations. Make a safety kit containing these items and we promise that you’ll thank yourself later!
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