City of New Castle,Indiana

Winter Auto Safety Kit

Winter - Auto Safety Kit

 

Having a continuous threat of icy storms during the late fall, winter, and early spring, travelers should be prepared for being stranded away from home on slick roads and in winter traffic jams.

 

Here are some tips to make you more prepared for a surprise winter storm:

 

ü  Do not drive until snow and/or ice is completely cleared off your windows, side view mirrors, headlights, taillights and license plate.

 

ü  Have at least half a tank of gas in your vehicles at all times throughout the snow/ice season.  If you become stranded in extreme conditions, the extra fuel helps keep your car running so you can stay warm.

 

ü  To reduce the possibility of carbon monoxide building up when running the car to keep warm, keep a window cracked and if possible, free the exhaust pipe from snow.

 

ü  Keep an extra hat, pair of gloves and ice scraper in your car for unexpected weather changes.

 

ü  Keep a winter survival kit in your vehicle including:  a blanket, clothing, gloves, boots, emergency flashlight, medication and non-perishable foods like candy bars or crackers.

 

ü  When stuck in the ice or snow, try using your floor mats to gain extra traction under your tires.

 

ü  If you hit a patch of ice and start to slide:  DO NOT USE YOUR BRAKE.  Take your foot off the gas pedal and steer into the slide.  DO NOT JERK THE STEERING WHEEL.

 

ü  If road conditions are icy and/or snowy, do not panic and slow down!  People have a tendency to panic and over-steer.

 

Auto Disaster
nylon carrying bag    bottled water           non-perishable food
can opener    transistor radio           extra batteries
first-aid kit & handbook    gloves           prescription medication
small tool kit    toilet paper           change of clothes
jacket    rain poncho           cash
sturdy walking shoes    extra socks
blanket, "space blanket", or sleeping bag
 
Remember, if you are stranded:  Stay with your car.