As winter if almost in full swing I would like to take this time to help ensure you all have a great winter, especially those who spend considerable time on the road. As parents we want to make sure we are prepared for winter travel especially when our children are with us!Being a former truck driver, I can share many a time about being stuck in a truck stop waiting for the road to open up only to have to sit and wait for days for the storm to pass. Fortunately being stuck at a truck stop is exponentially better than the alternative of being stuck on the road, or worst, the ditch. However, everyone’s experience need not be life threatening. By simply having a few items in your car, you can survive till help arrives.
The first thing every car should have is an emergency kit. This does not have to be a large elaborate suit case that will assist anyone backpacking across the Amazon. This kit will include basic things like a basic first aid kit, matches, container with water and a blanket to name a few things.
Second, having some extra winter clothes and a blanket will assist in trying to conserve body heat and trying to keep warn. Having an emergency food supply is another good idea to help in survival. If you are in a situation where you are stuck for days, you may get hungry, and having some sealed, packaged food may help make your stay more comfortable.
The third thing every car should have is a shovel. If you happen to get stuck in a small drift or bank, you may be able to dig yourself out…if you have a shovel. There have been many times where having this has meant the difference between someone spending the night in the cold car or making it to their destination safely.
All of these items can be purchased at places like PrepareWise.com or any hardware store. Best of luck to everyone this winter and please be safe and the roads. ~From Kate & Jane’s dad!