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Keep an Emergency Kit in Your Car

Winter is here and the BCML has some tips for the snowy weather!

Driving in the snow can be dangerous (and depending on where you're from, fun!) But it's always smart to take steps to remain safe during difficult road conditions.

In case of an emergency, it's essential to keep an emergency kit in your vehicle that includes the following:

  • Jumper cables.

  • Flares or reflective triangles.

  • Ice scraper.

  • Snow shovel.

  • Cellphone charger. (It may also be wise to look into charging capabilities via solar or another back up power source.)

  • Blankets.

  • Map.

  • Cat litter or sand (for better tire traction). (I didn't know this one!)

  • Flashlight. With extra batteries!

  • Tea candles. Small tea candles can be used to light a room as well as a heat source for cooking.

  • Water.

Driving safely in snow is crucial to avoid accidents and ensure the safety of yourself and others on the road. Reduce your speed, maintain a safe distance from other vehicles, and use your headlights to improve visibility. Be cautious when braking and accelerating, and always be prepared for slippery conditions. Additionally, make sure your vehicle is properly equipped with winter tires or chains and that your windshield and lights are clear of snow and ice.

A spray bottle full of isopropyl alcohol can melt the snow off your windshield. Mix ⅓ water and ⅔ isopropyl or rubbing alcohol together in a spray bottle and watch the ice melt right off!

Stay warm out there!

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