I think at this point it’s needless to say that I loathe winter. And the only thing I hate more than winter is driving in winter weather. Anyone who knows me, knows I always drive my car on a quarter tank of gas or less, hate wearing coats, and will wear high heals in a foot of snow. Okay living in Wyoming most of my life you would think I would know better!
I am finally putting together a trusty winter emergency kit for my car. This little piece of insurance will help my husband and family rest at ease when they know I am out on the roads as much as my job demands. Making a kit is easy and most of us have these items on hand. Throw them in a plastic tote and you are ready.
So what does one need in her emergency winter car kit? According to the online source at AAA, these are the items every motorist should have stashed in his or her car:
- flares or reflective triangle
- distress sign
- first aid supplies
- basic tools
- a fully charged cell phone, cell phone charger
My recommended items are:
- jumper cables
- carpet strips, sand or kitty litter for traction
- ice scraper and brush
- blanket and/or sleeping bag
- granola bar or nuts
- a first aid kit
Oh, learn to change your flat tires too! My dad insisted that I know how to do it before I was allowed to get my drivers license, it is a lesson that has come in handy so many times! Thanks Dad! Another great piece of advice is to never let your fuel tank get below a half a tank! For safety, and better fuel economy that helps your engine’s life by reducing condensation inside your tank. (AAA said so)
So here’s to the season’s impending winter, snow and ice. And to (shudder) driving in the winter, be safe!!