Put on studded winter tires and fill the car with gas. It's time to head to the slopes. But is that really all you need when driving a car in snow country? Oh, no! There are quite a few essential items that every driver should carry, tucked into the trunk just in case of an accident, breakdown or a slide into a snowbank.
As you are driving along, your car heater will keep you nice and toasty warm. But if you get stuck in a snowbank, you won't be able to keep your car running so the temperature in your car will quickly go down. I have never understood why cars are not better insulated. Once turned off, the temperature drops quickly and exercise to keep your body temperature up inside the car is next to impossible. You are going to need warm clothing and blankets.
In some cases, you might need to get out and shovel the snow away from the tires, exhaust pipe, and maybe around the whole car. If you plan to go from house to car to mall, you might think that those high heels with spaghetti straps are adequate but once stuck in a snowbank, winter boots are much more appropriate.
A few hours stuck on the side of the road may leave you hungry, thirsty and bored. Being prepared with a bottle of water, candy bars or beef jerky as well as a good book, pad or paper and pencil or puzzle book will keep you content for hours.
With snow coming down heavy and fast, or skidded way off into a ditch quickly covering your car with fluffy white may leave you invisible to help. Think of including a brightly colored piece of cloth to tie to your antenna, flares or break down triangles to show people that you are indeed in trouble asking for help.
Below you will find a list of items that I carry in my car. Please let me know which items you find most helpful and especially include items you find essential that I may have forgotten.
Have a safe and uneventful drive in the snow...
Winter Emergency Comments
You're welcome VioletteRose. Stay safe and if you have to drive on slippery roads, don't forget your emergency travel kit.
Very informative and helpful, thank you!
More good suggestions, Tracey.
I also keep a compass, some lip balm and a small first aid kit in my emergency bag. :)
Thank you for suggesting the hot drink and balaclava, frankbeswick, I have added these suggestions to the article and appreciate so much your imput.
How about a thermos flask containing a hot drink?
Very important is keeping the head warm.Your head contains one sixth of your body weight and is an energy powerhouse, so you can lose much heat through it. You can see this when you go completely under the blankets at night, and you find that once your head is covered you warm up quickly. A balaclava would be a useful head covering
Great tips! I should add a blanket to my car - I have the shovel, ice scraper, flashlight and my husband is good at bringing snacks! Candle is an interesting idea too.
Often people drive up from the south unprepared for the road conditions. Having a pet to snuggle with can also help keep you warm until help comes but much better to have extra clothes and a blanket for the pet to snuggle inside with you so you both stay warmer.
We rarely have deep snow in the south, but I have known folks to travel north and get stuck in severe snow. I remember one friend in particular who told a horrific tale of spending a night out on the road, stuck in the snow - just she and her tiny dog. She managed to keep that little dog warm all night! Great information, Evelyn!
My dad still reminds me to put a shovel and a blanket in the car when the snow starts to blow. It sure can come in handy.