OK~ We have snow coming our way. I have seen weather forecasts that say 2- 9 inches of snow. Time will tell what we actually do get. With a Winter Storm brewing, it is the perfect time to load your car up with, at minimum, these three items.
First and foremost, you need a shovel in your car. And I speak from experience on this one. I had always tossed a shovel into the trunk of my car, until I had the experience of getting stuck in a snow bank on the road and needed to reach for the shovel. It's a whole lot easier to reach into the back seat to get a shovel while stuck in a snow bank, as opposed to having to get out (in blustery conditions) to walk around to the trunk of the car. Digging out in blizzard conditions is not fun! I am all for shortening the time to be outside. Store the shovel in the car, not in the trunk. Yeah, gotta love Winter driving conditions in Iowa. You did read that correct, stuck in a snow bank on the road.
A blanket is a necessity. Should you find yourself stuck in conditions that you cannot dig yourself out of, you will probably want a blanket. You will need to conserve all the gas that you can. This is why you need to have at least a 1/2 tank of gas while traveling in the winter. If you know you cannot dig your way out, be sure to scoop the snow out around the exhaust system of your car; so carbon monoxide is not an issue.
A flashlight can be a lifesaver. Let's face it, if you are trying to shovel and have no idea where you are shoveling; a little light will go a long way.
A shovel, blanket, and flashlight are three very important items to have in your car during the Winter season. Getting stuck in a blizzard is never a good experience, but if you are prepared, the whole ordeal will seem much better. There are many more items that you will want to have in your car this Winter, but if you are like most, you will be lucky to have these three items. And in all reality, a shovel, blanket, and flashlight can help you out quite a bit.
And of course you will want to make sure your cell phone is charged and remember to let someone know what time to expect your arrival, as well as your planned route. By planning ahead, your Winter driving experience can be more pleasant. Should you become stranded, stay with your car. Do not venture away from your car.
Do you have any one item that you would highly recommend keeping in your car this winter? And of course, with a teen driver in the house, we can never have enough shovels, blankets, and flashlights around. Looks like Santa has a few packages to get down the chimney. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?