Article and digital media by Kelsey Neier.
Snow is steadily falling down as I try to make my way to Greenville College. It’s a bit of a drive, and everyone seems to be in a rush this morning. The interstate is full of bright headlights, windshield wipers moving at top speed, and lots of honking. I’m going the absolute minimum until the car in front of me suddenly slows down. I try to tap on my brakes-being careful not to slam them as my car starts to swerve. Suddenly, I have found myself stuck in the ditch on the side of the road. Great. What now?!
Thankfully, someone passing by was kind enough to pull my car out of the snowy ditch for free, but sometimes we don’t get so lucky. In situations like these, it’s important to stay calm and make sure you are prepared for bad road conditions, as well as the possibility that you could become stranded for awhile. Here are five things that are crucial to have in your car when driving during winter.
Sandbags are very important to have in your car because they help give your car more traction while driving on the road. It can be very easy to slide off the road while caught in a wintry mix of snow and ice. Sandbags will help hold your car down and keep you on the road while driving to or from your destination.
If you get stuck in freezing temperatures it’s important to stay as warm as possible. Having at least one blanket in your car will help make sure you don’t start to show signs of hypothermia. The warmer you are while waiting for help, the better.
Nighttime driving can be frightening, especially during a blizzard. Always make sure you have a flashlight in your car at all times. You’ll be able to check out any problems under your hood as well as your surroundings.
60 percent of our bodies are made of water. Water is important in keeping us replenished and alive. A couple water bottles in your car can go a long way if you end up stranded. You could be driving in an unknown area that is miles away from any sort of civilization, so it’s important to stay hydrated in case you can’t find water right away.
5. Ice Scraper
The snow and ice can be brutal, so always make sure you have an ice scraper with you to clear off your car. It doesn’t take long for snow to pile up on your car or ice to form on your windows. Make sure you clear them off frequently so you are able to safely see the dangerous roads ahead.
These are only a few items you should have with you while driving. Check out this video for more items to keep in your car this winter. Stay safe!