Its that time of year to prepare for the winter months, especially when dealing with snow. Now, I have not seen snow in Virginia before Christmas in the 3 years that I have been here but lo’ and behold this morning changed all of that. Of course, I was not pleased to have to scrape my car windows this morning but at least it wasn’t too much snow. However, it did get me thinking about how unprepared I am for the winter months.
Speaking from experience, one of the worst things that can happen when it snows is getting stuck/stranded somewhere in it in your car. If you aren’t prepared for this winter with some snow survival gear in your car, I suggest checking this list out below so that you can prepare before it gets too bad. Always better to be safe than sorry!
Car Snow Survival Tips:
- Always keep basic items such as snacks, water, hots, gloves, scarfs, blankets and even an emergency aid kit in your car. You never know when you will get stuck somewhere or how long it will take to get help.
- Other small things you may want to keep are cellphone chargers, emergency contact card, road map (really helpful if you are like me and suck with directions) and some extra cash. These should be in your car all year long.
- Specific items to keep in your car during the winter would be snow removal tools such as a shovel and scraper, rock salt or sand, windshield fluid and towels to dry off the car from snow. Prestone is also a great item to keep in your car, clears your windows in like 2.5 seconds!
- Try to keep your gas tank as close to full as possible during the cold and winter months. It is better for the vehicle and you don’t want to run out of gas in the snow.
- Allow yourself extra time to travel! No point in speeding on dangerous, snowy roads. Just take your time to get where you need to go safely.