|A winter survival kit is essential to have in your car In an emergency, it could help save your life and the lives of your loved ones. A basic car kit should contain the following:
Ten tips to keep your car in great condition and ready for winter storms.
- Energy bars or Nuts
- Extra clothing (include shoes)
- First aid kit with seatbelt cutter or pocket knife
- Small shovel, scraper/snowbrush
- Salt, or kitty litter for tire traction
- A vehicle car extinguisher
- Fuel container
- Emergency reflectors
- Booster cables
- Car charger/adapter
- Copy of your emergency plan
Everyone should be cautious about traveling in extreme winter weather. Cold, snow and ice are demanding on cars, drivers and passengers. Cold affects metal, rubber and other materials in your car. It can reduce the effectiveness of your vehicle’s battery by at least 50 percent. It can freeze tires and keep them flat on the bottom for at least the first half-mile of travel. It can thicken your car’s lubricants, making the engine work too hard. Most importantly, extreme winter weather can threaten your life.
1. Get your brakes inspected, a good rule of thumb is to inspect brake pads every 12,000 miles.
2. Ask your service technician to check your brake fluid.
3. Make sure heater and defroster work properly.
4. Check for oil levels.
5. Maintain proper fluid levels on your windshield wipers, repair any problems.
6. Check your tire pressure.
7. Check your anti-freeze levels to avoid freezing.
8. Make sure your thermostat works properly.
9. Make sure battery terminals are clean.
10. Maintain a half tank of gas during winter driving.
Ten things to do to survive being trapped in your car during a winter storm.
1. Stay in your vehicle during a storm to avoid exhaustion and being lost
2. Make your vehicle noticeable. Display a trouble sign for ex. (place a brightly colored cloth on antenna)
3. Shovel yourself out.
4. Use newspapers, maps, car mats for insulation.
5. Run your engine for about 10 minutes each hour.
6. Keep your exhaust pipes clear of snow to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning
7. Huddle together for warmth.
8. Move your arms, hands and legs to improve circulation.
9. Never leave without a winter survival emergency kit.
10. Stay calm!
Driving during winter storms:
1. Make sure you have full or near full gas tank
2. Let a friend or relative know your predicted arrival time.
3. Make sure you charge your cell phone
4. Keep extra food and water
5. Keep extra gasoline for emergency fuel, Make sure to take your winter survival kit.