Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Hey Drivers, This is Only the First Snow. Get Ready.

(Psst! Read on to learn how to win a free hand-crank emergency radio!)

Yes Chicago, it’s wintertime. Maybe it’s not officially winter yet, but the snow has fallen, the driving conditions were horrendous yesterday, and it’s definitely time for the ugly boots.

So, how do you stay safe and prepared while driving through the snow? The Red Cross has some tips for a safe ride. If there’s a winter storm warning, we advise that you avoid traveling by car, but if you must:
  • Carry a Disaster Supplies Kit in the trunk. We have a nifty one for sale here.
  • Tie a brightly colored cloth (preferably red) to the antenna for rescuers to see.
  • Start the car and use the heater for about 10 minutes every hour. Keep the exhaust pipe clear so fumes won't back up in the car.
  • Keep your car's gas tank full for emergency use and to keep the fuel line from freezing.
  • Let someone know your destination, your route, and when you expect to arrive. If your car gets stuck along the way, help can be sent along your predetermined route.
  • Check out more tips here, including what to do if you get stranded in your car in the cold.

What sort of winter safety gear do you carry (either in your car or in your bag)? Leave a comment on this post, and you’ll be entered to win a hand-crank emergency radio! The contest will end at 5 p.m. today. Make sure to sign in or include an email when you comment, so we know how to reach you!)

Photo by Seth Anderson (aka swanskalot).


Cold Chilli said...

I got lucky last night. Only took my 30 min to go 10 miles in Aurora.
I had a friend of mine that too 4 hours to go from Oakbrook to Naperville

Jeremy said...

I carry a flashlight, a whistle and some snacks and water. You don't want to be hungry when waiting for rescue. Also, I've got a shovel in the trunk for digging out after the snowplow goes by.

Unknown said...

In my car I have: bottled water, an extra sweater, loose change, band aids and jumper cables. In my bag I have: chapstick, extra golves and mini candy canes.

mariah karson said...

I am lucky, I don't drive! I prepare for winter weather by wearing a snowsuit and warm clothing, making sure my cell phone is charged, and packing a Clif bar, water bottle, and flashlight in my messenger bag before I head out on my bike. I also leave extra travel time in case I get stuck. Luckily my bike breezes by all the traffic!

m050120 said...

we keep 2 wool blankets, a red cross first aid kit (the backpack!), clif bars, a flashlight, a tool belt full of tools. handwarmers, and water.