Posted on December 19, 2012
Growing up, do you remember the neighbor or relative that was always so prepared about everything? He was the guy who kept a perfect log of his vehicle maintenance in the glove box. He knew who the most trustworthy mechanic in town was. He washed and waxed his own car. And, he had a survival kit in his trunk for winter.
Winter is tough on vehicles and travel. Snow, cold temperatures, ice, slush and salt play havoc on a vehicle and test the skills of even the most experienced drivers. The odds of us having a driving emergency in the winter are much greater than in any other season.
Common sense dictates that it pays to keep a survival kit in your car trunk with all the things you are likely to need. Any of the kits offered at GrabPak.com tucked away in a corner of your trunk or hatch will do the trick. However, nobody living in areas hammered by winter storms should go without and for those looking to simply toss a few essential items into a Zip-Loc bag, here is what we recommend:
1. Blanket: If you are stuck with a car that won't start, or that has conked out, and have to wait in cold weather for help, you will want a decent warm blanket as an extra layer.
2. Snow shovel: Get a short-handled shovel, probably a coal-type shovel, to stow in the trunk in case you need to remove snow from around the wheels of your vehicle. Do not buy a plastic one as you also need to chip at some ice or compacted snow.
3. Flashlight: Keep a good-sized, water-proof flashlight with fresh batteries in case your breakdown is at night. Better yet, buy a flashlight that is crank-powered. Pack emergency candles too, as a back-up.
4. Disposable Hand Warmers: Available at camping stores. Smash the bag and the chemical reaction inside creates warmth to defrost fingers that may be trying to change a tire or fiddle with an engine.
5. Waterproof Matches: You never know when you will have to manufacture heat. If you’re stuck for hours, having a warm fire can be a life saver.
6. Bottle of Water and a High Protein Snack Bars. You hear of people surviving on ketchup packets that have fallen between the seats, but some planning will yield a better menu if you find yourself in emergency conditions.
7. Siphon Pump: If being out of gas is your problem, and you get offered help by a good Samaritan, you want to be able to get a gallon or two of gas out of another gas tank and into yours.
8. Glow Sticks: These cost almost nothing at a dollar store and can be used either as a light source or to wear in case you are shoveling snow around your wheels at night.
9. Emergency Road Flares: These should be in your trunk in all seasons for putting next to your car if you are pulled over in distress.
10.Whistle: It can be used to either signal for help to someone who can't hear you yell, or to scare someone who may be trying to take advantage of your distress.
A winter survival kit benefits everyone. Don’t forget about elderly parents, loved ones who travel extensively by vehicle (sales representatives, delivery drivers, home healthcare workers) and keep college students heading back to school after the holiday break in mind. Check out the selection of survival kits at Grabpak.com and choose the survival kit that best fits their needs.