Everyone loves snow. For about two minutes. After we have built a snowman and made our snow ice cream, we are ready for that white stuff to be gone. If you live in an area where you are likely to get more snow or another winter storm in your area, you need to get ready long before the storm is coming.
Take your car in to the dealership for service.
Even if it is not exactly time for an oil change, make an appointment at your local dealership, such as Starr Motors Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram, to have a complete service done. Get an oil change, check all the fluids such as transmission fluid, brake fluid, and windshield washer fluid. Have the tires rotated and get a front end alignment. You want your car to be in tip top shape for winter.
Make a survival kit to keep in the trunk.
It might sound silly to keep a survival kit in the trunk, especially if the only places you drive your car are to work and to go shopping. However, once a few inches of snow and/or ice accumulate on the roads, they can be hazardous no matter where you are going. Having the basic needs in the trunk of your car can keep you safe and warm if you are stranded on the highway. The basic survival kit should include some flares, a shovel, a couple of blankets, some bottled water, a fire extinguisher, and a flashlight.
Some things to keep inside the car
Things like peanut butter and crackers, snack sized bags of nuts, trail mix, beef jerky and granola bars will provide you with energy if you are stranded overnight. Be sure to pick out things you like to eat. Keep them in a small box on the back seat or in the glove box of your car so you don’t have to get out of the car to get them. Keep an extra portable charger for your cellphone in the car. You should be able to charge your phone up a couple of times with one of those. Put a blanket on the back seat. Also keep a couple of plastic trash bags in the car. You can put them over your shoes to keep your feet dry (and warm) if you have to get out of the car.
Just a little bit of preparation can make a lot of difference during a winter storm.