There are a several simple things Preppers may want in their car when driving in snowy weather conditions. Below is a list of seven items, can you guess what they are? If you’ve lived in a snowy climate for years then you can probably guess most of them. However, the weather has been taking some extreme turns lately which is a wake up call for many of us to double-check our preps and to make sure we are prepared.
One stormy winter day while driving down the highway, I saw 4 cars that had slid off the road. The tow trucks and highway patrol couldn’t keep up with all the accidents. The police put out a statement to “stay off the roads if possible“. I was excitedly on my way to visit my newest nephew and sister in the hospital. I was also assigned to take my mother to the airport for her return flight home, after the visit. They were an hour away but after 20 intense minutes of driving (in the middle of a snow storm with low visibility) my worried mother told me to turn around and go home. Since my car was having a hard time on the roads (randomly drifting to the right and left) I followed my mother and the highway patrol’s plea and started to look for the next exit that would take me home.
As I took the next exit there was a semi and a compact sedan with their hazards on. Cars in front of me (better equipped for driving in the snow) started to go around them. As I waited my turn I noticed that the small car and semi were trying to make it up the hill to get on the overpass but couldn’t make it up the hill. It’s a little frightening to see a semi sliding backwards with you behind it. Luckily, there was plenty of space between me and the two struggling motorists. I noticed on the way home a car using the off-ramp to stop and put snow chains on.
This was not the first snow storm I had driven into but it was brutal enough that I checked my car emergency kit when I got home. My poor mother got a ride from my brother-in-law to the airport and was a little worried when she couldn’t see where the road began or ended. She worriedly wondered if he had an emergency kit in his car and later asked me if I had one. She wondered what I kept in it to prepare for driving in a snowstorm.
Driving in a Snowstorm – Additions to an Emergency Car Kit
An orange mylar emergency blanket is not only helpful in trapping body heat in an emergency it also can be used to signal for help. In snowstorms, its hard to spot other vehicles especially if it is white. To make your car more visible close it on the outside of the door.
2. Duct Tape
There are so many potential uses. It can be used to signal for help by spelling SOS on the mylar blanket. If your vehicle is damaged, it can be used to seal drafty areas while you wait for help to arrive.
If you slide off the road driving in a snowstorm, shovels allow you to dig a path from your car back to the road. Rubber snow tracks can also help get you back on the road. If your car is stuck, shovel the snow out from around your doors and exhaust pipe. After a few hours in a snowstorm the snow can get so high that it blocks the doors trapping you inside. You also will need to keep the exhaust pipe clear to keep carbon monoxide from building-up in and around your car.
4. Glass Breaker
Automatic windows can freeze-up and not work. I have even had my car doors freeze shut! Luckily, I was at home so I just waited until it defrosted but since then I have added a glass breaker to my glove-box just in case.
5. Snow Chains
If you wait to buy them until you need them then you’ll either pay three times more, be stuck waiting for a tow truck, or just plain stranded . My husband and I travel around the holidays visiting family. Some roads we travel have check points or road warnings where snow chains are required.
6. Battery Bank
A portable way to charge cell phones.
7. Candle Lantern
I keep a flashlight in my vehicle but it doesn’t work sometimes in extreme cold. This candle lantern adds light and warmth. It lasts for 9 hours and puts off 1900 BTUs (3 times more heat than a tealight candle). I like that the candle is enclosed in the lantern and hangs up. It’s less likely that I’ll knock it over or catch something on fire. Don’t forget to add a lighter or matches with the lantern. A matchbook fits easily it the box it comes with. Wool blankets are another great prep for keeping warm.