By Tracy Junker
Before you get stuck in the snow, here are some items to keep in your vehicle and some tips on how to get moving again.
What to Carry in your Vehicle
How to Get Out of the Snow When Stuck
Friends, family, and neighbors will have a lot of different options of how to get out of the snow when stuck. Here are 10 simple reminders and tips:
Winter Weather Must-Haves
Even though many of us live in urban areas or rural areas that are traveled frequently, it is still a good idea to keep a sleeping bag or blanket in the vehicle during the winter in case it takes a while for help to arrive.
Travel with a well-charged cell phone, especially in the winter.
Keep a bright flashlight available in the vehicle to use to help others see the stranded vehicle as well as to be able to look around the vehicle after dark. Flares or roadside assistance markers are also good to carry in the vehicle. Check the flashlight operation at least once a month, especially if the vehicle is not kept in a garage.
Keep non-perishable food and water on hand. They will freeze in the coldest weather so replenish as needed.
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An automotive editor with more than 15 years automotive industry experience, Tracy Junker's father owned and operated a garage for about 30 years. Though too young at the time to work in the garage, she worked with him later at home on the family’s vehicles and those of former customers that would not trust anyone but her Dad to fix their cars correctly. Tracy says, “My interest in cars began because I loved working with Dad on whatever project he had going.”