When you are traveling, whether it is across town to work or on vacation, you need to be prepared for anything. When it’s winter and the roads are icy or snowy accidents are even more likely to happen, and you can get in an accident on a clear day on the way to work. Winter also poses chances of getting stuck in the snow.
Maybe you break down on vacation in the middle of nowhere. What would you do? Sure, everyone has cell phones with them these days, but you might not have service when you most need it. That means that you want to make sure that you are prepared to survive until someone comes by.
Take Water With You
While on a normal day you can survive without water for three days, and unless you are broke down in a very remote area it’s unlikely you’ll be stranded for that long, you should still have water with you. If you get stuck someplace hot you could suffer from dehydration or heat stroke if you don’t have some water on hand.
Pack Some Healthy Snacks
You can go even longer without food than you can without water, but if you have kids in the vehicle on a long trip having some snacks can help keep them quiet. Having a snack in case of a breakdown can help take the edge off while you wait for a tow truck as well.
Take A First Aid Kit
If you are in a minor accident a first aid kit can be a great help to deal with cuts and scrapes. Even an accident outside of the vehicle, like if you trip and fall at the rest stop, can use a first aid kit. You should also have some pain reducers, fever reducers, antacids, and maybe even some anti-diarrheal medications in it as well, just in case. Plus something if anyone in your family suffers from car sickness.
Keep An Eye On The Big Picture
Always make sure that you have your eyes on the road, and everything around you. When you are behind the wheel of a vehicle your life is in your hands, and the hands of all of the other drivers on the road. You need to be watching behind you, beside you, and in front of you. Watch for wildlife running out in the road, debris, or anything else that could cause an accident.
If you do get into an accident, you want to make sure that you know what you need. Having an accident checklist with you in your glove box can be a great reminder of what you don’t want to forget. The most important thing is to remember not to panic!