You may think you are ready for a long road trip in the winter, but the cold-weather season brings along new hazards that have to be considered as a driver. There is a much greater potential for an accident to occur in the winter months than in the summer because roadway conditions can be so dangerous. You may be dealing with everything from snow-covered roads and black ice to white out conditions that leave you no visibility. Plus, if you have an accident, it can mean longer wait times for help to arrive. Before you head out on a winter road trip, make sure you are prepared for an automobile accident with these four things in tow.
Candles and Matches - If you cannot run your car because it is damaged after an accident, staying warm will no doubt be a top priority. In a small space like the interior of a car or cab of a truck, even just a single candle can offer you some heat.
Emergency Blankets - These blankets are sold just about anywhere you can find camping gear or survival supplies and they are not at all expensive. Best of all, they fold away into small pouches or envelopes that are easy to tuck away in your vehicle. Emergency blankets are designed to hold in your body heat in cold temperatures so you can stay warm. It is a good idea to keep one emergency blanket for every passenger you normally travel with in your car.
Quick-Boost Cell Charger - You may think that as long as you have the car charger for your cell phone you will be fine in a winter driving emergency after an accident because you can always call for help. However, you have to be prepared for the possibility that your car battery can be non-functional after a wreck, and it is a real possibility in cold weather for whatever battery power you have to drain quickly if you can't start the motor. Therefore, it is a good idea to keep a spare power booster on hand to charge your cell phone if you have no battery power left in your car battery.
Water and Snacks - Staying hydrated and energized is an important thing when you are stranded in cold weather. So make sure you have some water on hand and extra snacks in your winter emergency driving kit. Bottled water, nuts, and even protein bars are all good examples of things you should have tucked away in your trunk before heading out on a winter trip in your vehicle.
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