View From The Glen

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Let it snow! - But stay safe when driving.

We had a storm yesterday. Got home in the dusk to a drifted driveway and windswept fields, and made it inside the house just as the freezing rain started to fall, turning everything glacial.

I could have skated across the yard.

The dog had icicles on her whiskers.

Those who live in warmer climes where this doesn't happen - good decision!

Fellow northerners, it's time to rethink what we carry in our cars.

I could easily have got stranded last night. If not then, today, during the perilous drive to work on ice-encrusted roads. And if/when that happens you need to have supplies. Not just the usual snow scraper/shovel/booster cable/first aid kit either.

This is what I put in my car this morning (I had a spare 20 minutes while waiting for the defroster to actually get the inch thick layer of ice off the front and side windows):
  • blankets;
  • flashlight with extra batteries;
  • knife;
  • high-calorie, non-perishable food;
  • extra clothing to keep dry (including hat, socks and mitts, not gloves);
  • sack of sand (or cat litter);
  • tow rope;
  • water container with water;
  • brightly colored cloth to use as a flag;
  • keep your gas tank near full to avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines.

And one more thing - keep your car filled with gas.

Other Works for Me posts of a sunnier and happier nature can be found at http://rocksinmydryer.typepad.com/shannon/2008/12/works-for-me-si.html

1 comment:

Blue Castle said...

I need to do this. Thank you for the reminder, and the great list. I just need to accept the fact that winter is here to stay. :)