Friday, January 11, 2013

Stay With Your Car


It’s officially winter!  Have you given any thought to what it might be like to spend a night in your car stuck in a ditch somewhere?  Today’s news broadcast reports on the search for a woman who walked away from her car after it slid of the road.  As I write this she is still missing and presumed to be dead.  I’m would hazard a guess that more people each year end up in survival situations after a car accident than do in the backwoods of America.   To continue that thought a step further I would also guess that those people that end “surviving” after a car accident are less prepared than those on a backpacking trip.  We have complete faith in our vehicles ability to get us from one place to the next without incident.  Few people “dress to survive” they “dress to arrive.!

Here’s what I think you should have in your car:

Cellular phone with a charger
4 - quart water bottles
Dehydrated meal with heating element (Military MREs)
Carbohydrate food bars
Toilet paper
Tools (jacket, lug wrench, shovel. windshield ice scraper, multipurpose tool)
Road flares
Tow strap
Booster cables
Blankets or sleeping bags
Chemical warmers
Light sticks
Metal cup
Basic first aid kit
Additional warm clothing to include warm gloves and work gloves.
Winter footwear
Two empty #10 cans (one for melting snow and one for sanitary purposes)
Sack of cat litter (to improve tire traction)
Personal Emergency Beacon
Spare personal critical medications
Flashlight and spare batteries
Portable radio with spare batteries
Ski goggles
Duct tape or Gorilla Tape
Book to read
50 feet of cord
GPS receiver (provides latitude and longitude coordinates)

If you're stuck in your car stay with your car!  Alert someone. Bring all of your supplies into the car where you can easily access them.  Stay warm.  Be patient.  Help will come!

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  1. Peter,

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