Winter Driving Essentials
Snow is beginning to fall in the mountains, its getting darker earlier, and the winter storms are starting to arrive. It is reported that over 90 Million People will be traveling by car over the holiday season. We want all of our clients to be safe in the coming months so here are a few things to remember to put in your car to help keep you safe in case of an emergency.
- Keep you cell phone charged, and if you have an “old school” flip phone even better,
charges hold forever, and you can always call 911 even with no minutes.
- Cell Phone or Back Up USB Charger
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- Tow Rope or small come-along
- Collapsible Shovel
- Rags, towel or paper-towels
- First Aid Kit
- Snow and Ice Scrapper
- Basic Tool Kit or Swiss Army Knife
- Matches or lighter
- Window Washer Fluid
- Bottled Water
- Bag of Kitty Litter or Sand
- Snack Foods, especially protein bars
- Can Opener
- Emergency Poncho
- Emergency Blanket or Space Blanket
- Extra Pair of Gloves
- Extra Set of Warm Clothes and Socks
- Hand and Foot Warmers
- Reflective Safety Vest
- Emergency Flares or Strobes
- Roll of toilet paper
- Battery Powered Radio
When your traveling that you should have emergency supplies for each passenger in your car.
Should you be caught or stranded in bad weather, State Farm offers some additional safety tips.
Get off the highway, if possible, turn on your hazard lights or light flares, and hang a distress flag from an antenna or window.
Call 911 if you have a phone and describe your location as precisely as possible. Remain in your vehicle so help can find you.
Run your vehicle’s engine and heater about 10 minutes each hour to keep warm.
Open a downwind window slightly for ventilation and clear snow from the exhaust pipe to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
Exercise a little to maintain body heat, but avoid overexertion and sweating. Drink fluids to avoid dehydration.
Conserve your vehicle’s battery. Use lights, heat, and radio sparingly.
At night, turn on an inside light when you run the engine so help can see you. – For more tips from State Farm.
Have a safe and wonderful Holiday Season!