Emergency Winter Checklist

winter driving checklistIt’s time to call the locksmith and carpenter, because Jack Frost has already kicked the door in this year. And, as seasoned ‘mountaineers’ know, there are a few things you should be aware of and several items to keep handy during the winter months. Here’s are some of the most basic things you should have with you at all times.

Common Sense/Driving Skills

It can likely be argued that most incidents during winter are somehow connected with driving. Here’s a list of knowledge to have and things to keep in your vehicle that will greatly reduce the chance you’ll encounter any unexpected hardships this snowy season.

  • Make sure your vehicle is mechanically sound and fit for icy conditions. Keep all fluids maintained, and use the appropriate mixture of antifreeze to prevent engine freeze (check your vehicle’s manual)
  • Give more room when driving, and if you have to stop suddenly on snow or ice remember to ‘feather’ your brakes instead of slamming them.
  • ALWAYS watch out for others.
  • If you haven’t already, take a defensive driving course, preferably one that addresses the issue of winter driving.
  • If you have the facilities, practice your newfound skills in a large, empty parking lot after a snow.
  • Reduce distractions, and talk to your children about the dangers involved in bad weather driving.
  • Keep an emergency kit at all times. Some of the basic things to have are: warm blankets, candles, hand warmers, food, and signals such as road flares to flag others down for help.

Dress Appropriately

‘Bundling’ up is not necessarily the best way to go about this. Natural fibers such as cotton, wool, and linen (flax) should be worn close to the skin to wick moisture away from the body, thus keeping you dryer and warmer. And, synthetics such as polyester, rayon, nylon, polypropylene, etc… should be worn above these as a barrier to keep heat in and wind out. Also, remember to cover your hands, feet, and head, but use high quality materials that don’t constrict the flow of blood, otherwise you’re defeating the purpose and you’ll be cold regardless.

So, there you have it, a few tidbits that will greatly enhance your ability to succeed in the event of an unwanted incident this winter season. Stay warm, and we look forward to seeing you in this winter wonderland.

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