10 Things You Should Keep in Your Car this Winter
In Wyoming a winter snow storm can come out of nowhere, and being caught in one can be extremely dangerous. You can slide off of the road, get stuck, or even get stranded overnight. This is why you should never leave the house without being well-prepared. Here is a list of 10 items you should always keep in your car during the winter months.
1. Full Tank of Gas
If you are planning on a long drive - and let's face it, anywhere outside of town in Wyoming is a long drive, always fill up first. When a storm hits you are usually forced to drive slower, and that means it's going to take a lot longer to get to your original destination. You may burn through a lot more gas than you were planning. Be prepared. Instead of being in danger of running out of gas and getting stuck in a very cold situation - fill up before you leave town.
2. First Aid Kit
Keeping a first aid kit in your car is smart year round. Accidents happen all the time. Both large and small. Be prepared and keep a first aid kit in your car at all. Also if you take daily medication keep a couple extra in the car so that you have them in case of being stranded in a storm for an extended period of time.
3. Car Cellphone Charger
If you get stuck, slide off the road, or get into an accident, you need to be able to call for help. Avoid a dead cellphone by keeping a car charger stowed away.
Don't get caught in the dark. When the sun goes down flashlights are a necessity, whether you're changing a flat, checking under the hood, or digging yourself out of the snow. A flashlight can also be used to flag down another car for help.
5. Water & Snacks
In the cold your body craves calories and burns through them fast. And if you get stuck in a storm you don't know how long you may be out in the cold. Having water and some non-perishable snacks in the car can make a world of difference.
6. A Small Shovel
Digging a car out of the snow is a pain. Chances are if you've lived in Wyoming for any period of time, you've done it before. If you slide off of the road and get stuck, having a small shovel in the vehicle makes a huge difference. Without a shovel it will take longer for you to dig yourself out and by the time you are done using your hands to move all of that snow- you'll be freezing and wet.
7. Warm Hat/Gloves/Coat
Growing up in Wyoming, you learn from a pretty young age to bring a jacket with you everywhere. Especially if you are headed over any mountain pass. When heading out in the winter you should keep a warm coat, gloves, a hat, and a scarf in the car at all times. Staying warm is the most important thing if you get stranded in the winter time.
8. Jumper Cables
The last thing you should do is assume that another driver has jumper cables when you need them. Be prepared and keep a set in your own vehicle. That way you are prepared if you need help and you can also help someone else if the situation arises.
9. Windshield Scraper and Brush
Driving with a frosted windshield is dangerous for you and other drivers. Keep an ice scraper in your car to quickly clear your windows as well as snow brush to remove piled snow on top of your vehicle.
10. Bag of Cat Litter
You read that right. It sounds crazy but it's super useful. If you're stuck, pour non-clumping cat litter around and in the path of your tires to create extra traction.
Written by: Alyx Zgurich