- a shovel. If you get stuck in a snow bank, a shovel might just be the only way out!
- work gloves. Again, being stuck in the snow going mean you have some cold, cold digging ahead of you. Or even if you simply need to change a tire or refill your oil…work gloves are a welcome tool!
- two quarts of oil. Sometimes all your car needs is a little lube to keep things running smoothly. If you car breaks down, always check your oil levels and refill as needed!
- jumper cables. Perhaps the easiest way to get out of a broken-down car situation is to jump the battery with jumper cables. You’ll be lucky if that’s all it takes to get you going, so don’t be without them!
- windshield scraper and small broom. Nothing is worse than the moment you realize you left your windshield scraper in the house or another car…don’t let it happen to you. 🙂
- flashlight with extra batteries. If you need to conserve gas and battery, you may be stuck in the dark night. Hence, the flashlight.
- battery powered radio. A radio or walkie-talkie could be your ticket to help getting out of the mess you’re in.
- extra stock of antifreeze. If your car is low on antifreeze, it’s always good to have some extra stock on hand to cool the engine.
- water. This is another key item to cool your engine down and get your car to safety.
- snack food including energy bars. If you end up stuck for longer than you could’ve imagined, you sure be grateful to have some snacks on hand. It could save your life!
- raisins and mini candy bars. These high-sugar items can keep your body going even if you haven’t had much else to eat in days.
- matches and small candles. These items will come in handy for light and for warmth!
- extra hats, socks and mittens. We’re talking about a snow safety kit, so of course we’re going to include essential warm-weather clothes.
- First aid kit with pocket knife. If you’re stuck in the snow because of a car accident, you’ll sure be glad to have a first aid kit.
- Necessary medications. When stranded for hours or days, the need for medication may come up – even if it’s just to cure a headache!
- blankets or sleeping bag. These essentials will keep you from getting frostbite or hypothermia in the night.
- tow chain or rope. If another car passes by, they just might be able to pull your car back onto the road with the help of a tow chain.
- road salt, sand, or cat litter. These are key elements from providing traction for your car wheels to assist in getting out of that snow bank!
- brake fluid. When the brakes go out, you’ll want to give them some love with an extra supply of brake fluid.
- emergency flares and reflectors. Flares can keep you out of harms way if other cars are on the road, and draw attention to bring you to safety!
- fluorescent distress flag and whistle. These items can also help bring attention to your car and get the necessary help.
- Cell phone adapter to plug into lighter. Being able to call someone and charge your battery could be essential communication for getting rescued. Of course, these days, I probably don’t need to tell you this one. 😉
- one or two wool blankets
- flashlight and batteries
- first aid kit
- non-perishable food to last 72 hours
- bottled water
- extra set of clothes
- matches and candles
- sack of sand (to provide traction for tires)
- towing rope
- Make sure all of your headlights are working properly and replace if necessary — you don’t want to be caught on a dark night without one or two headlights in working order!
- Replace bald tires or rotate tires in order to have the best traction on wet roads.
- Heat can wear down rubber wiper blades during the summer, so it’s a good idea to replace wiper blades so that you have the best possible vision while driving in stormy weather. If the blades are streaking or failing to give consistent visibility, you need new blades!
- Of course, you’ll also want to make sure your brakes are in the best working order, so you aren’t skidding around on roads.
- Check tire pressure, for safety and, as a bonus — to improve your gas mileage!
- In rainy weather, you should always drop your speed below the usual speed limit and stay with the flow of traffic.
- Take it easy when rounding corners and approaching stops, in rain, snow or fog
- Drive with low beams on and listen for traffic you may not see when driving in foggy weather
- Don’t let children go trick or treating alone, even if it’s still light outside
- Always use crosswalks to cross the street, and never let children run across the street by themselves
- Carry flashlights and use them going from house to house
- Wear reflective clothing, just as late-night bikers and pedestrians would any other night
- Make sure teens aren’t distracted by cell phones if they go out on their own
- Drive extra slow on Halloween night, and always double check intersections when making a turn
Your favorite song just came on the radio. You’re super excited, and blast your stereo speakers up. Feeling carefree, you glance down at the time and notice you’re actually going to make it to work on time today. You stop at a traffic light and suddenly a car comes screeching behind you – CRASH!
You have just been in a car accident. Now what?
1. First, check to make sure that no one got hurt. Check for injuries — not only for you and the other driver, but of all the passengers as well.
2. Next, put your hazard lights on. You want other drivers to be aware of what is happening, especially if you are still on the road.
3. Call the police as soon as possible. The police need to come to the scene and file a report, even if it is a small car accident. Make sure to tell the police officer your story, but don’t exaggerate. The insurance companies will be able to read the report and figure out who was at blame.
4. Exchange information with the other driver. Get their name, address, telephone number, driver’s license number, and automobile insurance company info.
5. Since you probably carry a portable camera on your phone, Make sure to take some snaps of the accident. It can’t hurt to have more evidence on hand for the insurance company.
6. Last but not least, contact your insurer. Now is the time to file a claim with your insurance agency. This can be a longer process then you might hope for.
7. If your car is in a junkyard, make sure you get it out as soon as possible. If you don’t, a lot of money taken out of your claim.
Be safe out on the road. With cell phones, built-in TVs, fast food drive-thrus and more, drivers seem to be more distracted than ever. Make sure that you are not a reckless driver. Put your phone away while driving!
– Infographic from Allstate Insurance
- Using an old or second-hand seat;
- Facing your child forward too soon;
- Not installing the seat correctly;
- Not securing your child in the seat;
- Letting your child drive on your lap;
- Allowing your kid to ride shotgun.
- Name of child
- Parents’ or guardians’ names
- Best phone number of parent or guardian
- Two names and phone numbers of local friends/relatives (in case parents are not available)
- List of “Medical Need to Know” regarding kids
- Any allergies – especially to medication
- Any medical conditions
- Type of formula (for a young baby)
- Name and phone number of child’s pediatrician
- Insurance information