In the past week, as a result of the wintry mix of snow and ice delivered by Winter Storm Leon, we’ve all heard stories about drivers stuck in their vehicles for hours on end or having to abandon their vehicles. I recently posted an article containing tips for WINTER DRIVING but the stories have prompted me to pack an Atlanta Winter Driving Survival Kit to carry in my car during the winter months. Most of the items fit easily into a gym bag or plastic container that I can store in the trunk but slip into the backseat when a winter storm threatens. The other items will just remain in my trunk, readily accessible in an emergency situation.
Any survival kit, regardless of season, should include your cellular phone and an adaptable charger for your vehicle.
Your winter driving survival kit should include the following:
- Cellular Phone and Charger
- Bottled Water and Food (suggested food items: food bars, small packets of raisins, miniature candy bars or semi-sweet chocolate pieces, nuts, chewing gum, wrapped hard candies, etc.)
- Medicine (for longer trips or for driving in less populated areas)
- Red Bandana or brightly colored cloth to tie to your antennae to alert others in the event of a emergency
- Ice Scraper
- Flashlight with spare batteries (check batteries periodically)
- First Aid Kit including a small, sharp knife
- Large Garbage Bag and Plastic Bags
- Warning Devices, such as flares or emergency markers
- Blankets for protection from the cold
- Jumper Cables
- Snow Shovel or Broom
- Abrasive Material, such as sand or kitty litter, to generate traction under wheels in case your vehicle gets stuck.
Consider reversing the batteries in the flashlight to prevent it being switched on accidentally and draining the batteries.
The main thing, in the event of any emergency, is to REMAIN CALM. Please check out our other articles for information we hope contributes to your safety and the safety of your loved ones.