As the winter weather settles across the country, every driver on the road is at a higher risk of having a driving emergency. Slick and icy roads could result in a minor accident or you could slide off the road and end up stranded in the ditch. The truth is, you just never know what can happen when you drive on treacherous winter roads.
If you are a smart driver, you are already covered by your insurance and have a roadside assistance plan. You probably also ensure that your kids are safely strapped in their Diono car seat when you are driving. But, are you prepared for every emergency that could happen on the wintery roads?
The key to survival in winter road emergencies is to be prepared. You should always have specific items and gadgets on hand just in case you get stranded. Let’s take a closer look at a few essential emergency items you should always have in your car during the winter.
It does not matter what time of day it is or where it is; a fire can start in a car at any time. Sometimes, this can be caused by a short circuit, an overheated engine, or failing brakes. To prevent any additional damage to your vehicle or its occupants, we recommend keeping a fire extinguisher handy at all times. A two-pound extinguisher is ideal. Before purchasing your fire extinguisher, make sure to check its expiration date and locate it in a place that is easy to reach in your car. You should read the directions before you store your extinguisher away to save time during an emergency.
Whether it’s winter or summer, you should always have a functional multi-tool in your car. A quality multi-tool will have a screwdriver, a knife, pliers, and assorted other tools. If you break down on the side of the road in the winter, you could wait hours for assistance. With a multi-tool, you could take care of any small repairs on your own and get back on the road quickly.
First Aid Kit
If you are in an accident this winter, you may sustain minor injuries. If the weather is poor, emergency medics could take some time to reach your accident scene. It is imperative that you have a stocked first aid kit in your car at all times. You can stop bleeding, clean wounds, and even stitch up cuts and scrapes with the right first aid essentials. Every first aid kit should include:
- Various sized bandages
- Pain killers
- Sterile gauze
- Burn ointment
- Antiseptic cream,
Reflective Safety Gear
Visibility is the key to getting help if you are off the road during the winter. When the snow is flying, it can be extremely dangerous to be stranded on the side of the road. Other vehicles may have difficulty spotting your car, putting you and your family at risk. Your car should always have reflective emergency gear stored in the trunk. Reflective vests, cones, and flares are essential for winter driving.
If you live in an area of the country that gets a lot of snow during the winter, you already know how dangerous the roads can be. To help you in an emergency, make sure that these safety items are stored in your car this winter.