Winter emergency car Care kit
Earlier this week we talked about an emergency kit for your home, now it's time to focus on your car and how to be prepared for the unpleasantness of being stranded in a winter wonderland.
Compared to creating a home winter emergency kit, a car emergency kit has two principle differences. First, you're severely limited on space compared to home preparations—and you burn extra gas hauling your loot around. Second, when the power goes out and the party stops at your house, you're still at home safe and sound. When your car gets stuck in the middle of no where and it's 12F out, it's a radically worse situation that could end tragically.
Keep Your Car Topped Off and Well Serviced
You can't avoid every curve ball Old Man Winter will throw at you, but if you run out of gas on a lonely and frozen highway because you'd passed a half dozen gas stations while running on less than a quarter of a tank, you can't exactly point your finger at anyone. The same goes for having your vehicle tuned up and road-ready. We know it's not cheap and owning a vehicle can be quite a money sink, but nobody huddled in a broken down car on the side of a deserted road and slowly losing the feeling in their limbs has thought "Man I'm glad I skipped that 0 tune up."
Assess Your Driving Patterns and Plan for the Worst
The amount of inclement weather preparation you'll need to undertake is largely dependent on the kind of driving you do. Winters can be bitter in New York City, but you won't need the kind of gear in your trunk that someone who commutes on the rural highways of North Dakota would need.
When it comes to planning for the worst, you don't need to plan for the absolute worst mind you, nobody expects you to keep a surgical kit and a guide to field surgery in your car. Most emergency kits fall woefully short though. What if the accident/stranding/car breaking down leaves you stuck in the middle of nowhere in a blizzard for a day or more? It sounds preposterous to a city dweller, but the US is a very big place and in bad weather you'll find many a road goes untraveled for long stretches of time. Having an ice scraper, a half eaten bag of Combos, and some frozen gum isn't going to buy you a whole lot of time or comfort. At minimum you should plan to be stuck with your car for a day—it's a rarity to be in such a situation but the cost of being prepared versus the cost of being unprepared makes it a veritable bargain to make sure you have the right supplies.
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