With summer coming up soon, many people will be taking road trips. I can’t say I am planning one as of yet, but I hope to take a couple small ones this summer! Many people do not know what to keep in thier cars in case of an emergency. It may be that we just don’t think it will happen to us or we may just be clueless. I did a bit of research and came up with this handy auto safety checklist. Make sure you take note of these items and pack them in your trunk “just in case”. I know I have some of the things listed in mine, but others, I missed.
Here’s to safe traveling!
- Road salt or cat litter
- Jumper cables
- Flares and reflective devices
- Extra windshield washer fluid
- Water for everyone for 3 days
- Ice Scraper
- Cell Phone
- Sweatshirts for everyone
- Duct tape
- High carb food such as granola bars for everyone
- Extra batteries
- Gloves and hats for everyone
- Fix a Flat repair goop
- Spare change
- Extra tire and flat tire kit
Now, you may think some of this stuff is silly depending in where you live. You have to take into account where you might be traveling as well, though. A funny story (that was not so funny at the time!) with us is my husband and my first anniversary road-trip. Our anniversary is May 2. One would think that you don’t really have to worry about too much bad weather that time of year, even in Montana. We decided to head to the lake and take the “scenic route”. When we left, it was 65 degrees, sunny and beautiful! We got about 65 miles from home and that all changed. We started to see small flurries of snow in the air, which is not completely unusual for that time of year. We decided the weather was probably not going to get much worse and headed on. Little did we know, we were headed for a bad winter storm! In about 15 minuets, we found ourselves in a snow storm where snow was just being dumped so fast, the trucks that were scraping the roads could not keep up with the downpour! It was a terribly scary trip until we got out of it about 20 minutes later! I remember almost crying as my husband, who is a good driver started skidding all over the road, even though he was barely moving at 20 MPH and thinking we were going to surely wreck. The moral of the story? Be prepared for anything when you hit the open road! You never know what is ahead of you!
I hope you have a wonderful and safe travel season!