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Friday, March 02, 2007

Must-Have Travel Items: Part 2

In the previous blog entry, we covered a short list of important travel items. This time, we’re going to look at some winter-specific materials that could mean the difference between life and death.

Clothing and blankets
If your vehicle happens to quit during winter conditions, you may be in big trouble. Even if you have a cell phone, it may not work in the area you end up in. Also, if there’s a lot of snow and ice, your car may be one of hundreds that need help—and help may not come for awhile. It’s important, therefore, to have enough blankets and clothing for all passengers.

Flares are relatively inexpensive, and may be purchased as part of a car safety kit. If you’re driving when it’s late, especially if it’s on a lonely stretch of road, you’ll want to be able to signal someone for help (again, cell phones don’t always work).

Traction materials
If you’re stuck, you might be able to get out—but not without a little help from kitty litter, cardboard, or mats. Remember to keep some in the trunk, and then put in front and in back of whichever tires are stuck.

Water or other drinks
If you’re stranded, there’s no guarantee of when help will arrive. You can get by without food for some time, but being without a drink can be pretty rough. Just keep some bottled water under the back seat, if possible, as it can freeze if kept in the trunk.

So, be prepared and stay safe. For more information on safe driving, you may want to consider looking into a defensive driving course online.


Anonymous said...

You might want to bring some entertainment for the children. I cannot travel more than 5 minutes without my niece and nephew asking if we are there yet.

9:40 PM


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