PREPARE YOUR VEHICLE
- Clean windows inside and out
- Fill up windshield washer fluid
- Be sure tires have good tread and are properly inflated.
- Use your headlights even if ti's daytime so you can see better and others can see you.
- Clear snow, frost and ice off all windows and exterior lights before you go.
- Keep your gas tank at least 1/2 full.
WINTER DRIVING SURVIVAL KIT
Use an empty-pound coffee can or any similar container with a plastic cover to store the following items. Store safety items in the passenger compartment when severe weather threatens in case the trunk is jammed or frozen shut.
- Small candles and matches
- Small, sharp knife and plastic spoons
- Red bandanna or cloth--tie bandanna to your antenna or hang it out the window. At night, keep your dome light on. Rescue crews can see a small glow at a distance. To reduce battery drain, use emergency flashers only if you hear approaching vehicles.
- Pencil and paper
- Large plastic garbage bat
- Safety pins
- Whistle--to attract attention
- Snacks--choose small packages of food that you can eat hot or cold. (raisins, miniature candy bars, gum, hard candies, food bars, canned soup or meats that does not require a can opener).
- Cell phone adapter to plug into lighter
- Plastic flashlight and spare batteries--Reverse batteries in the flashlight to avoid accidental switching and burnout. Warm batteries before using them.
Additional items to consider:
- Necessary medications
- 30-foot cord to use as homing line when you must exit the vehicle.
- Booster cables
- Basic tools
- Sand, cat litter or other grit in a plastic milk carton
- Tow cables or chain
- Sleeping bag or blankets
- Road flares and reflectors
- Snowmobile suit and heavy boots
EMERGENCY PHONE CALLS
If you become stranded and you have a cell phone, call 911 to summon help.
- Provide information on your location, condition of all persons in the vehicle and the problem you are experiencing.
- Follow instructions; you may be told to stay where you are and wait for rescuers
- Do not hang up until you know who you have spoken with and what will happen next.
- If you must leave your vehicle, write down your name, address, phone number and destination. Place the piece of paper inside the front windshield for someone to see.