Thursday, December 1st at 6:32 a.m., a semi traveling in the northbound lane, crossed a concrete barrier, rolling over into southbound lanes, backing up traffic for 7 miles. The southbound lanes were reopened 7 hours later. The cause of the accident is still under investigation, however, it had been raining heavily.
That really happened. Thankfully, we were in the northbound lane two hours later and only witnessed the clean up and the 7-mile traffic tie-up in the southbound lanes.
Especially now, with winter weather upon us, are you prepared for a situation where you are stuck in traffic for an extended period of time?
In a perfect world, you wouldn’t find yourself in such a predicament, you be home in front of a fire, snug in bed or otherwise safe. When life throws that curve ball…or snowball here is a list of a few things for you to keep in mind and some items you should consider carrying in your vehicle. Many of these items are are small enough to store in a backpack.
- Full tank of gas
- Water – be sure to store water in such a way it won’t freeze, or it does, have the ability to melt it.
- Food – energy dense, easily stored snacks (protein bars/trail mix/jerky)
- First aid kit, 2-3 days of medications in addition to pain relievers like Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen.
- Toilet paper & wet wipes & female person care items
- Change of weather appropriate clothes, along with walking shoes or hiking boots and extra socks
- Work gloves and rain poncho
- Mylar blanket or wool blanket
- Multi-tool, shovel, ice scraper
- Fire starter / lighter / matches
- Flashlight & extra batteries
- Cell phone charging block
- Rescue signal item, like flares & reflectors
- Jumper cables
- Snow chains
- Personal defense items
- Entertainment, especially if you have children.
Some additional reading that will better prepare your for winter travel:
Are you prepared? Leave some tips in the comments.
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