Going On A Winter Road Trip Adventure? Make Sure You're Prepared For An Emergency

Posted on: 19 August 2016

Is the open road calling out to you to find the best skiing slopes or travel to the best place to sled? While winter driving excursions and trips can definitely be an adventure, there is nothing fun about being stranded in your car in the middle of winter. In fact, being stranded in your car in the cold can put you in danger. While you wait for a towing service to help you out, you must ensure you have what you need to stay safe and secure in your vehicle. Here area few things you need to carry with you before you head out on an adventure in the cold winter months.

Make sure you have extra layers for warmth.

Jackets, extra blankets, even a pair of gloves and socks for you and every passenger in the vehicle will be really important if you get stranded in the cold weather. Therefore, it is a good idea to keep some spare clothing layers in a duffel bag in the back of your car. It is also not a bad idea to invest in a few emergency blankets, which fold up nice and small into a convenient little pouch and can keep you warm by making it easy for you to maintain your body heat. 

Always keep a battery-operated radio on hand. 

In many cases, being stranded in the winter will have less to do with vehicle issues and more to do with roadway conditions. Having a battery-powered radio on hand will give you a line of insight into local weather and roadway conditions in the event you are stranded in your vehicle for several hours. You may have your car radio, but if the battery dies, you don't want to be left with nothing to keep you informed. 

Bring along some type of heat source. 

If roadway conditions are bad enough, you may be facing a fairly long wait in your vehicle before a tow truck can get to you and help. Therefore, you will need to ensure you have something to help keep you warm if the temperatures drastically drop in the mean time. You could keep hand warmers in your car and tuck them in your pockets or shoes in an emergency. You may even want to invest in a small, solar-powered heater. Even a few jar candles can help to raise the the car's temperature inside by a few degrees. 

For more information, contact local professionals like Jim's Tow Service.