Winter = Winter Roads. Are You Ready?
Hope no one gets too upset when I use that 4 letter S--- word. The mere thought makes me cringe already. So I'll just spell it.
S-N-O-W, Eeeks! Sorry, I had to do it.
Soon those little "S" words will be floating around all over, all smug-like. Then they'll be ganging up making piles wherever they want and leaving us to deal with the drifts. Just waiting to ruin our day and our vehicles.
But, now that the cat is out of the bag so to speak... and I still have not found a way to successfully return it to where it came from, we must think of what to do when all this s**w is around.
Have you checked on your emergency road kit? What supplies do you have now? What do you need? It is better to check now and be ready, rather than wishing for it later.
Start with the basic essentials for changing a tire. Know where to find your tire jack, spare tire (check the air pressure because a flat spare won't help much), and wrench? Have a blanket, extra gloves (maybe boots), hand warmers, and a hat in case you get stuck? Speaking of getting stuck, here are a few items that’ll help be unstuck:
- Bag of NON-clumping kitty litter or sand – for traction
- Collapsible snow shovel – for digging
- Flashlight – It gets dark early!
A few other things that are helpful would be having a membership with AAA for roadside assistance or using a vehicle system like GM's OnStar or Ford's SYNC. Not only do they connect you with emergency services, but they can also help identify your location. Cell phones are great, but not when you forget it, the battery dies, or it gets thrown out of arm's reach during an accident.
3 Winter Rescue Essentials