There's only one word to describe the forecast - rude.

It's the type of weather where you walk outside to go to your car and your snot freezes. If you have any exposed skin, you better make that walk to your car a swift jog, because it's brutal outside.

It's the type of cold you DO NOT want to be stuck in an emergency situation in. So you need to make sure your car is set in case of an emergency. And you should also be conscious of if you're prepared or not every time you go out driving. Even if it's just a quick trip.

So what should you keep in your car during the winter in case of emergency?

  • Emergency first aid kit
  • Jumper Cables
  • Flairs or reflectors
  • Extra windshield washer fluid
  • An ice scraper
  • Traction material
  • Blankets
  • Extra hats and gloves
  • Non-perishable food

And here's some tips to make sure your car is ready for the weather.

  • Allow extra travel time
  • Avoid unnecessary lane changes, reduce your speed, and increase your following distance on snowy or ice covered roadways
  • Have at least half a tank of gas, you should aim for a full tank
  • Clear ice and snow from your car including lights, windows, etc.
  • Do not travel unless absolutely necessary
  • Dress for the weather
  • Make sure someone is aware of your travel plans
  • Make sure your cell phone is fully charged. Also be sure to keep a cell phone charger with you in your vehicle

So don't get caught in a bad situation this winter. If you think the walk to your car is cold, imagine how cold it is to get stranded in your car?


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