Special to GUIDON
As winter weather worsens, drivers should always be prepared for the worst — being stranded in your vehicle.
Here are some tips for making a winter survival kit to keep in the car.
Use an empty three-pound coffee can or any similar container with a plastic cover to store the following items:
— Small candles and matches.
— Small, sharp knife and plastic spoons.
— Red bandanna or cloth.
— Pencil and paper.
— Large plastic garbage bag.
— Safety pins.
— Cell phone adapter to plug into lighter.
— Plastic flashlight and spare batteries.
— Reverse batteries in the flashlight to avoid accidental switching and burnout. Warm batteries before using them.
Store safety items in the passenger compartment when severe winter weather threatens in case the trunk is jammed or frozen shut. Choose small packages of food that you can eat hot or cold.
Suggested food items:
— Raisins in small packets.
— Semi-sweet chocolate in pieces for sharing.
— Miniature candy bars.
— Chewing gum.
— Wrapped hard candies.
— Food bars.
— Canned soup, meat and poultry.
Store bulky and heavy items in an accessible place:
— 30-foot cord to use as homing line when you must exit the vehicle.
— Booster cables.
— Basic tools.
— Sand, cat litter or other grit in a plastic milk carton.
— Tow cables or chain.
— Sleeping bag or blankets.
— Road flares and reflectors.
— Snowmobile suit and heavy boots.
(Editor’s note: This information was taken from a document originally published by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.)