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Winter Safety Kit and What you should have if you are Stranded in a Snow Storm

by | Dec 30, 2021 | winter, Winter care, Winter Driving Tips, Winter Weather Preparedness | 0 comments

winter safetyStranded and stuck inside your car during a snow storm can impose a serious risk if you do not have the right supplies. Having a winter safety kit inside your car, is therefore, imperative. When stuck inside the snow, you do not know how long you will be stuck, and so, you must be prepared for the worst.

When winter driving, it is very important to keep the fuel tank topped up. There are two main reasons why having a topped up fuel is beneficial. For one, adding fuel will give more weight to you rear tires. Added weight can be helpful as it contributes to better traction when driving on slippery roads.

Another reason why fuel is critical when driving in the snow is because you need it to keep the car running. You never know when you will end up jamming your car into deep snow, and thus, without fuel, you will not be able to run your car for very long and this means that you cannot keep warm.

Blankets and Jackets

As discussed above, without fuel, you cannot afford running your car for too long. Therefore, you will have to resort to other ways of staying warm inside the car other than the car’s heater. One of the ways you can do that is by adding more layers to your body.

Having at least one extra blanket in your car can be huge when stuck in the snow. Similarly, having an extra jacket in the car is also a good idea. Preferably, it is best to have a large jacket that someone can use as a blanket as well. Other times, jackets and blankets can also be used as make-shift pillows.

Chains and Shovel for Winter Safety Kit

If you keep a set of chains in your car then you can escape from really horrible situations. If your tires are slipping and skidding on ice, then chains and other traction devices can help you push the car out of the snow. Another solution to getting stuck in the snow has to do with shovels. There are small shovels that you can get, and also portable ones which are relatively cheap in price. They can be crucial in helping you dig out of a tricky situation.

Brush and Scraper

People that have not been to snowy regions will not understand the importance of a snow scraper and brush. When stuck inside the snow, you can use this important tool to remove ice and snow away from the windshields, roof and exhaust pipes. If you do not unblock the exhaust, you can become exposed to carbon monoxide poisoning in the car.

Other obvious essentials include food, water and more. When it comes to snacks and drinks, you need to be aware of their shelf life. This is why it is important to make sure to replace them frequently during the winter.