This is a subject that has always been a part of my life. Having lived in the Yukon growing up, winter and winter driving was a way of life for 9 months of the year. Being prepared can make the difference between life and death, literally.
Always have a Winter Kit in your vehicle. Some of the items I feel are absolutely necessary are these.
- Blanket – this can be a sleeping bag; a “space” blanket; a warm blanket of some sort.
- Extra gloves or large mittens
- Winter boots, if you don’t automatically wear them
- Bottled water and dry food, snacks like granola bars
- Matches, even a bit of dry wood is a good idea for a fire starter
- First Aide Kit
- Signal Flare and Emergency Reflectors for vehicles
- Booster Cables
- Flash light with batteries, A candle or two
- Rope or Tow chain
- Kitty Litter, Sand
- Ice Scraper, if you don’t already have one
- Small shovel
- Axe or small Bow Saw
- Extra gas if your trip is very isolated.
Get yourself a small box, or a rubber tote with a lid and load up your kit. You will be grateful for it and feel more secure knowing you are as prepared as you can be.
Good winter tires, is there air in your spare. Keep your gas tank full and drive for the weather. Allow for extra time. Be courteous and pass only when permitted. Don’t travel too close to the vehicle in front of you. Watch for critters! Yellow and Red, Snow Plow Ahead!
What are your tips for winter driving?