Every mile is two in winter – George Herbert
It’s late fall in the midwest and cold and snow have already set in. After weeks of mild weather, it’s now in the 20’s – winter is here!
It’s past time to go down your winter checklist – do so today!
1. We do not park our car with the fuel tank under half. In fact, fill it up every chance you get. A full tank always wins. Winding up in a ditch during a storm where you may have to wait hours for help is not the time to be running on fumes. Fuel means heat, as well as a charged battery for hazard lights and phone charging.
Gone are the days where we all changed from summer to winter tires, but some of us still do. If you’re one who does, do it now. If you’re not, check your tires today for wear and proper inflation. AND CHECK THE SPARE!
3. General maintenance.
If you’ve been driving around with your check engine light on, get it looked at. Again, breaking down in the middle of a snowstorm when it was preventable is amateur hour. Oil change – check your lights – change the windshield wiper blades!
4. Have a “survival” bag in your vehicle containing:
– Food that is still edible should it freeze. Power bars, etc…
– A heat source to thaw the water should it freeze
– Hand warmers, survival blanket (like those made by Performance Systems), spare hat, gloves, socks.
– Flashlight, spare batteries (head lamp style is a great way to go when you need your hands free.)
– Emergency LED beacon/flashing light
– Back up power bank, for charging phones and running electronic devices. They are now powerful enough to jump start your car!
– Anything else you think you need (spare glasses, medications, toiletries, etc…)
– “Burner phone” in case yours is dead, broken, or comes in contact with water.
– Spare ammunition, magazines, and cleaning kit for your daily carry gun(s)
– Blade(s.) My personal bag contains a spare folding knife, along with a Hoffner Beast. The Beast being a wonderful tool for prying, breaking glass, and chopping.