Are You Prepared for Winter Driving?

I have stopped more this year to help people who’s cars were stuck than in the last ten years combined.  This winter has just been that bad with regards to the amount of snow we have gotten and never having it been warm enough to melt any of the snow.  A friend of mine commented the other day on how she had picked up a young man (probably in his mid twenties) whose car had gotten stuck and who was only wearing a hoodie, no gloves, hat, or coat.  Many times, after I have gotten the kids bundled up and into the car, I will jump in without grabbing a coat for myself.  But I know this, and prepare for it by leaving a winter coat, gloves, and hat in the car at all times.  I also leave a pair of warm, and high, winter boots in the car, so that if I need to get out and help someone else, or myself, I have proper footwear.

Not to mention that I keep a bin of supplies in the car year round.  This bin contains water, a small medical kit, a fold up shovel, and several wool blankets.  If I were to need to wait for help in the car, I would have enough warmth for myself and my family.

The story about the young man in the hoodie made me wonder, how prepared are people when they are out driving in the cold and snow weather?  Leave a comment and let me know how prepared you are.

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6 Responses to Are You Prepared for Winter Driving?

  1. Andy says:

    Not at all. The first anesthesia program I was accepted to, was in Erie Pa. The catch was they wanted me to start in a month, which would have been January 2. I was living in Austin and I didn’t even own a sweater. I discovered a phenomenon called “Lake Effect Snow” and I shivered reading about it. My wife, from Nebraska, said driving in my little Toyota Tacoma would be tough and I’d need to put sand bags in the back. Luckily, we discovered my wife was pregnant so we decided to wait a year.

  2. Sue says:

    I drive an hour to work, so I have a bag packed with a complete change of clothes in case I have to stay at work, wash cloth and towel( for quick clean up) toothbrush and paste. Boots, extra socks, gloves, water, snacks. 2 flashlight( really good to have and check batteries often), blanket and quilt, and pj’s. But hey I love snow!!!!!

    • Glad you are prepared. Checking batteries often is so important. I also have a wind up flashlight as backup. Added bonus is that it has a USB port so I can use it to charge cell phones without using the car battery. Thanks for commenting.

  3. Kathi says:

    I carry extra clothes, hat/gloves and blanket any time I’m in the car in the winter, even though we don’t live in “snow country”. Twice this winter I’ve been stranded at the side of the road with car trouble, so it’s come in handy! Thank you for sharing at the HomeAcre Hop; I hope you’ll join us again this Thursday.
    Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead

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