Contributed by Michelle White, Community Outreach Coordinator, Mountain View Fire Rescue
March and April are the snowiest months in Colorado. When the weather is snowy, icy, and unpredictable, it is crucial to keep a few essential emergency supplies in your car. Keep these items in your car during the winter months and you will be prepared for almost anything you encounter. Here is a list of a basic winter survival kit:
- Portable Phone Charger that is charged
- Sturdy scraper/snow brush/snow shovel to clear snow
- Flashlight with extra batteries or crank-powered flashlight
- Blankets, sleeping bag, and winter clothing, gloves, and a hat
- A gallon jug of water and non-perishable snacks like granola bars
- First aid kit and essential medications
- Tire chains and tow strap
- Jumper cables
- Flares/reflectors to signal for help and warn other motorists
- Battery or crank-powered radio to listen to emergency broadcasts
- First Aid kit
- Bag of sand/kitty litter, the added weight in the trunk can help rear-wheel vehicles gain traction on slippery roads. Second, the sand or kitty litter can be poured around your tires if they get stuck in the snow, slush, or ice. It will provide that extra grit your tires need to gain traction and get you moving.
- Shovel -to help you dig out if needed.
Did you know you can also use your car mats in a pinch to help gain traction if you are stuck in snow or mud?
Colorado Department of Transportation has some great information on their website including tips for driving in the snow, winter driving preparedness, road conditions, and you can even track snowplows! For more information visit https://www.codot.gov and https://www.codot.gov/travel/winter-driving As a reminder March 14 is Daylight saving, remember to check your smoke alarm batteries and change your clocks!