My friends I want to share a few things with you from my experiences with emergency response and preparedness.
Remember winter driving conditions can bring on natural disasters, blizzards, power outages, being standed by wrecks in foul weather, flooding, landslides blocking roads, etc. are all natural disasters that will happen to most of us at some time in our lives.
These are some things that should become habits:
1. Don’t take your car home with an empty tank of gas, always fill it up. Your car should have a full tank of gas not only to be prepared for an emergency, but a tank that is less than full will sweat. This means the moisture in the air pocket above the fuel will turn into liquid water and drip into your gasoline. In the winter this could freeze up in your fuel lines. Always top that tank off.
2. Have supplies in your car if you have to spend a few hours or days in it. Food, such as those 6-packs of crackers, a bag of your favorite cookies, energy bars, candy (that won’t melt if you get a greenhouse effect going on in your car), various other snacks. Have some water, I always have a few canteens of water.
3. Every car should be equipped with a first aid kit, one for humans, one for pets, and you should have a first aid class, pet first aid class, and CPR. Know how to do some basic first aid.
4. three light sources with spare batteries. There is an old saying about flashlights, one is none, two is one. I like my saying best, “a pair and a spare of everything is best.”
5. Have a map, always have a map.
6. Have a charged up phone, better yet a ham radio and a licence, I am KB3ZQY
7. Some money.
8. Have some flagging tape in case you have to walk away and mark your trail.
9. spare blankets, old coats, spare gloves, Boots, hats, earmuffs, etc. etc. etc. You will need something to cover exposed skin, not only for you but something you don’t mind losing that you can give to unprepared motorists.
10. Finally, and probably most important, Make sure someone knows where you are going, when and on which route. Someone should also know your ETA or estimated time of arrival.
Good Luck, stay safe, stay prepared and happy motoring.