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Safety Tip of the Week: Winter Car Safety

Image courtesy of Wisconsin Engineer and Flickr

For many of us, winter means snow, sleet and icy road conditions.  It’s a perfect time to stay home and snuggle by the fire.  If you must travel out in bad weather, however, be sure you and your car are prepared for a winter emergency.

Get your vehicle tuned up, keep the gas tank full and be sure you have the following in your car.

  • Cell phone and charger
  • Reflective triangles or flares
  • Spare tire, wheel wrench and a jack
  • Jumper cables
  • Tool kit
  • Shovel
  • Ice scraper and brush
  • Bag of salt, sand or cat litter for traction
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit – be sure to include medications and baby items (formula, diapers, etc.) if needed.
  • Exterior windshield cleaner
  • Extra clothes – hats, gloves, coats, boots
  • Blankets or sleeping bag to keep warm inside the vehicle
  • Non-perishable, high-energy foods like energy bars, candy bars, dried fruits and nuts.
  • Water

Remember, if you are stranded, put on your flashers, call for help and stay in your car until help arrives.  If I missed something in the above list, please add it in the comments section.  Travel Safe!

~KM Fawcett

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