Living in a cold snowy region I find it amazing when locals are stuck on the highways and back roads unprepared.
Last year during the BIG Snow storm I watch my neighbor shovel a path to his garage. I wish I could say that I was drinking a cup of coffee or something cool like that but I wasn’t just staring out at all of that snow. Hundreds of cars were stranded on Lake Shore Drive, Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011 in Chicago. A winter blizzard of historic proportions wobbled an otherwise snow-tough Chicago, stranding hundreds of drivers for up to 12 hours overnight on the city’s showcase lakeshore thoroughfare and giving many city schoolchildren their first ever snow day. The sad thing about it were we had five days to prepare for it – few if any of those drivers were prepared. 18 January 2013, hundreds of people spent a cold night trapped on Interstate 65 in Cullman County after snow caused a series of wrecks that snarled traffic for miles.
I can only suggest that you prepare yourself now because it better to say “Oh, well” than “I should have…” The following are items you will find in my winter auto kit – which is actually a back in a box.
- Cell phone (on me at all times)
- flashlights with fresh batteries – one in trunk and two inside car
- Blanket(s) – wool blanket in back pack and emergency blanket in pocket of seats.
- Food bars – In back pack
- Water bottles – two steel water bottle in box and bottle water that is replaced daily.
- Jumper cables – in tool bag
- Knife – in tool bag
- Tools – in tool bag
- Flares – in tool bag
- Fix-a-Flat – in tool bag
- HELP Sign – in tool bag
- First aid kit – under passenger side seat and bigger one in trunk
- Work Gloves – in tool bag
- Small shovel – in trunk
- Waterproof matches – inside car center console, with a bic lighter
- Ice scraper – in box
- Bag of sand (or kitty litter) to help provide traction if your car is stuck in the snow – inside box with a piece of old carpet
- Windshield washer fluid and Coolant – in trunk
- Hand and Feet warmers – inside car near first aid kit
Of course there are other stuff that I carry in my EDC bag that will help out if we get stuck in the snow. If anyone out there have any positive suggestions that might help others and myself please submit them in the comment section