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Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Winter Car Kit

(Thanks to Mary for the idea for this post.)

If you're living in this hemisphere and you haven't yet put together your winter car kit you'd better be thinking about it.

I've had one in place for weeks because I frequently travel with the kids and have to worry about their comfort and safety as well as my own. My wife, on the other hand, has little or nothing in her car to help her get through an emergency. Today I'm building her kit.

Some things to have in the back of your car (in no particular order:)
  • Wool or fleece blanket
  • Wool socks
  • Boots
  • Hat
  • Gloves or mittens
  • A couple of plastic garbage bags
  • Duct Tape
  • NuWick 44 or 120 hour emergency candle
  • Breakfast bars
  • Water
  • Billy Can


This is by no means a complete list but it gives you a good start. You will want to be able to keep warm and dry for as long as possible. My wife knows to call me if there's an automotive emergency so the amount of time between emergency and rescue should be relatively short.

Thanks for reading,

B

1 Comments:

At 4:33 PM, Blogger sam_acw said...

A few things from my time in working in garages.
The three most common automotive problems are locking yourself out of the car, flat batteries and flat tires.
Everybody should know how to change a tyre. It isn't a difficult job and it only needs to hold for 10 miles or so to get to a garage - you don't need air guns or torque wrenches for that.
A spare battery is useful, especially if you will be away from other traffic otherwise jump leads and the knowledge of how they work (+ to + and - to -) will suffice. Bump or push starting cars is a useful skill but not safe in automatics where you can easily destroy the gearbox.
With the keys just keep them on your person and try to be sensible!
The list of survival items is great but a couple of tools or spares can make the diffrence between stuck and waiting help and at home in front of the fire.
Sorry to ramble on ;-)

 

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