Getting stranded on the side of the road is never a pleasant experience, but as fall fades into winter, frosty weather and icy roads are on the way. With just a little preparation, you and your family can be prepared for the possibilities that accompany this change in the seasons.
The guys at Axleboy know that snow, ice and sometimes just plain old bad luck can leave you stranded on the side of the highway or out on a trail. That’s why we’ve put together a short list of things you might consider adding to your vehicle this winter.
In addition to the standard items that should be kept in your vehicle (i.e. Spare tire, jumper cables, first aid kit, etc.) these are the items that made our Winter Preparedness List:
- An ice scraper (or two)
- A bag of sand, salt or cat litter to improve traction
- A warm blanket or sleeping bag
- Additional warm clothing for each passenger
- Snow gloves
- Road flares for increased visibility
- Nutrient rich snacks
- Tire chains or tow straps
Hopefully you never find yourself in a situation where you need to use these items, but as the saying goes, “Plan for the worst, hope for the best.” How prepared are you for winter this year?
When you get in your car and take off for work or a day at the beach, checking your mobile first-aid kid is probably one of the farthest things from your mind. Of course, a cut finger, diarrhea, bloody nose or pounding headache was also pretty far from your mind…and yet, life happens to us all. A well-stocked first-aid kit should be able to help with all of the above situations and possibly a little more.
Most major retail stores can sell you an off-the-shelf kit, or you can easily build your own using the DMV’s recommended list of contents. The DMV list can seem somewhat daunting upon first glance, so at Axleboy we’ve scaled it down to include only the following 15 items:
- Adhesive Tape (medical tape or duct tape)
- Antibiotic Ointment (Neosporin)
- Antiseptic Solution (hydrogen peroxide)
- Stick-on Bandages (many sizes)
- Ace Wrap-bandage
- Cotton Balls/Gauze
- Disposable gloves
- Disposable CPR mask
- 1-2 Feminine Pads or diapers (They’re super absorbent)
- A pair of Scissors
- Safety Pins
- Chewable Pepto Tablets (anti-diarrheal)
- Pain Relievers (aspirin & non-aspirin)
- Calamine lotion
- Hydrocortisone cream
Whether you are 2 miles or 2,000 miles from home- when life gives you cuts & scrapes and leaves you feeling a little banged-up, having an easy-access first-aid kit in your car, truck or Jeep can help make the rest of your journey more enjoyable.