DIY, WINTER, CAR SURVIVAL KIT
Winter is soon approaching, and depending on where you live you need to be sure that that you have your car survival kit prepared and ready. You need to remember that depending on where you live; weather conditions can be extremely erratic. It could be 60 degrees in the morning and turn into a blizzard in the afternoon.”So,even if the weather is currently fair, you still need to have your kit on you at all times.
Know This First
Along with a proper emergency survival kit, you need to remember that common sense, general awareness of your surroundings, and knowing the general principles of winter survival. So, if your car breaks down in a snowstorm, you need to follow these basic guidelines for winter survival:
1. Keep In You Car: Don’t leave your car during the blizzard. Your car is a perfect temporary shelter for winter storms. However, if you keep your heater going, to prevent accidental carbon monoxide poisoning make sure your car exhaust pipe is clear of snow and also keep your window slightly opened.
2. Exercise: You’ll want to keep your circulation going. So, do light exercise while you are waiting in your car or if it is safe, exercise near near your vehicle.
3. Sleeping: If you are with someone take turns sleeping with the person who is awake be on the lookout for help.
Winter Vehicle Emergency Survival Supplies List
Emergency Survival Kit Contents
As the Boy Scouts say, “Be Prepared.” If you are caught in a snowstorm, you can be on your own for hours or even days. So, you need to carry with you at all times a winter emergency survival kit.
All survival kits need to cover the three most critical survival needs:
Below are the minimal recommended items to include in your winter vehicle survival kit:
Keep In Your Car Trunk
- Tire chains
- Kitty litter for traction
- A chain for towing
- Traction nats
- Thermal underwear
- A parka or another winter coat
- Cold weather, MREs.
- Spare shoes and clothes
- Wool blankets or sleeping bags
- Bottled water
- Cloth towels
- Flares or other types of warning lights
- Axes or a hatchet
- Booster cables
- Survival knife
- Plastic hefty type bags
- Ice scrapers
- Waterproof matches, lighter or a survival candle
- Windshield deicer (methyl hydrate will work)
- Fire extinguisher
Keep These In Your Car Cab
- Durable flashlight with spare batteries
- Red Cross, certified, first aid kit
- High-energy foods that are non-perishable (I.E. energy-protein bars)
Above all, you need to try to avoid being stranded in the first place by getting your car checked out and performing the recommended maintenance for your vehicle. Be sure to check your tires to make sure they have treads and also if needed consider buying snow tires. And SLOW DOWN!, the primary reason for winter accidents is driving too fast for the weather. So, common sense, along with a proper car emergency kit designed for winter will best assure your chance to survive.