Emergency Vehicle Safety ChecklistPosted by Weston Joslyn, Contributor | 01.13.2022
|CELL PHONE CHARGER
Making sure you have a dependable charger for your phone can mean all the difference when it comes to contacting help. You will often find that your phone discharges at a more rapid rate when exposed to cold temperatures. Keep your phone near your person in a pocket where it can benefit from your body heat. If a phone must be left exposed to the cold, shut it down to avoid damage.
|FIRST AID KIT
A basic medical kit can be important to help treat minor injuries from icy conditions. Scrapes and sprains may occur while addressing other challenges.
In the case that your vehicle won’t start and could use a jump, remember to keep cables on hand. If a good samaritan arrives to help, they may not have cables with them.
In an emergency you may be stranded longer than expected as you wait for help. Keeping water and less perishable snacks on hand can help keep everyone in good spirits through frustrating times (especially if children are with you).
A great way to get the attention of help when stranded, as well as keep an area safely lit as you dig a stuck vehicle free or change a tire.
|TIRE CHAINS OR SNOW TIRES
Preparing for winter with a set of snow tires or chains for larger vehicles is a safety precaution that should not be overlooked. This will allow you to maintain much safer control of your vehicle on icy roads, and have the traction to push out of thicker snow.
A basic necessity that may be overlooked. If you need to change a tire or look through supplies in storage compartments, a flashlight can be a huge help especially at night. If a member of your party needs to get help, this will allow them to travel much more safely on foot. Remember your phone’s battery may not be as dependable in these conditions.
|BAG OF SAND OR CAT LITTER
This can be a life saver for a stuck vehicle. Having a bag of sand or even cat litter can give your tires the added traction they need to escape a tough spot.
|BOOTS, GLOVES, WARM CLOTHS
Temperatures can vary from warm in the day to freezing at night. You may be in a situation that causes you to get stuck exposed to cold temperatures you hadn’t planned. Keeping an extra emergency set of warm gloves, boots, and jackets ensures that you have protection when needed. This can also be a huge help if someone has gear that has gotten wet and is no longer usable.
|FULL TANK OF GAS
A full tank will help you avoid getting stranded and improve options for getting help.
While waiting for help in cold conditions a blanket will offer increased insulation and comfort.
|RECOVERY GEAR, TOW ROPE
A common problem you may encounter in winter is getting stuck in ice or snow. Keeping your own set of towing chains, straps or rope available allows a larger vehicle to pull yours out. This will also come in handy if you are the one helping another stranded commuter.
|COLLAPSIBLE SHOVEL, ICE SCRAPER, SNOW BRUSH
A shovel and other hand tools can be indispensable additions to your kit that allows you to dig a stuck tire free.