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cars on snowy road

Winter weather requires a whole different mindset and driving skills. Preparation is the key to a successful and safe driving experience when the weather turns against you. I drive 27 miles each way every day to open my shop. How many times have I seen drivers off the road, in the median, up against the guard rail or down over a bank on a slippery road. When they get out of the car they have on sneakers or flip flops, in snow and ice. Come on people. Do you have no concept of keeping yourself safe, or warm if something goes wrong? Well it’s that time of year again. You need to get yourself ready and be prepared for the snowy, icy roads or any possible accidents or incidents that we see and hear about on the road every day.

Hopefully, you’ve gotten your car or light truck ready for winter. Right? Now it’s time to get YOU ready for that winter trip or commute. In a perfect world according to Steve, here is my ideal list of materials and supplies needed to fend off any possible life-threatening situation you may get into.

These things can easily be stored in a plastic tote on the back seat or on the floor. I wouldn’t suggest putting the tote in the trunk. The weight of ice or snow on the trunk or an accident may prevent opening the trunk. Much easier to go over the back seat. Anyway, here is my list of the things that we travel with in the winter.

  • Battery powered radio
  • Shovel
  • Snow brush
  • The trusty Autocamp Ice Scraper
  • Bottles of water
  • Boots, winter coat, hat & gloves
  • Blanket
  • Snack food, protein bars, even candy
  • Jumper Cables or Jump Box
  • First aid kit
  • Tow chain or strap
  • Flashlights
  • Emergency flares
  • Kitty litter, sand or other traction material
  • Hot Hands hand warmers. They need no lighter fluid and last for hours

You can add or subtract to your box based on your needs, but these items will keep you safe and warm in the worst conditions should you ever encounter them. Much better to have and not need these items than to go “Oh Crap, how am I going to keep warm until help comes”!

Stay safe and Happy Trails!