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Are you winter ready?

Tips for keeping your car in the clear this season

Dec. 1, 2017

You are probably familiar with emergency kits, but have you ever considered packing a shovel in your trunk or hauling around a bag of kitty litter? How about a jar of peanut butter?

Hauling that shovel could come in handy if your car lands in a ditch, and having that cat litter on standby could offer the much needed traction in order to dig it out. And when you burn all those calories digging through the snow, a jar of peanut butter on reserve could provide some nourishment.

“Winter weather can turn a simple trip into a dangerous situation.” said Eric Vanasdale, senior loss control representative with COUNTRY Financial. “Being prepared can make the difference between life and death when facing hypothermia if left stranded.”

No one plans to be stranded by the roadside, but with severe weather it is always a possibility. Why not increase your odds by upping your preparedness this winter? Build a Winter Emergency Weather Kit with household items you already have handy.

Start with the following:

  • First Aid Kit
  • Cell phone and car charger
  • Flashlight with new batteries
  • Candle with matches or lighter
  • Ice scraper and snow brush
  • Shovel
  • Hazard sign or brightly colored flag
  • Cat litter or sand
  • Bottled water and non-perishable food items
  • Warm clothing, winter boots, gloves
  • Blanket
  • Battery jump pack or jumper cables

If you live in a rural area or are hitting the road for a longer trip, consider adding the following:

  • Flares and emergency strobes
  • Light sticks
  • Disposable hand warmers
  • Toilet paper
  • Basic tool kit
  • Tire Chains/Tow Rope

“In the case of highway accidents or the recent ice storms we’ve seen in the South, motorists may get stranded in groups,” said Vanasdale. “Ensure you have enough supplies for you and your family and pack a little extra to help another stranded motorist.”

You can also buy readymade kits in stores and online. Some can be costly so if you go that route make sure whatever you are buying includes these basics. Also when you get your kit in order, update it twice a year to make sure your supplies and tools are in good working order.

About COUNTRY Financial

COUNTRY Financial is a marketing name for COUNTRY Life Insurance Company®, COUNTRY Mutual Insurance Company® and their respective subsidiaries, located in Bloomington, IL. COUNTRY Financial serves about one million households and businesses throughout the United States and offers a wide range of insurance and financial products and services.