Over the river and through the woods, or even across country, now is the time of year for a winter road trip or two. But before you hit the road, make sure your family car is prepared for a safe trip. Here’s what to check and pack:
- Tires should be aired up properly and have adequate tread. Driving in snow? Consider snow tires, or packing chains in your trunk.
- Check your heater, defroster, windshield fluid, antifreeze, battery, front and tail lights, and oil levels.
- Replace your wiper blades if it has been awhile.
- Keep your gas tank fill above the half-way mark on your roadtrip, if it is below freezing
- Snow driving? Chains, some sand or kitty litter, tire chains, and a small shovel.
- Emergency car kit: flashlights, extra batteries, portable cell phone charger (fully charged), jumper cables, first-aid kit, road flares, ice scraper, and a multi-tool knife.
- Mittens, hats, and warm socks. Add a blanket for each person.
- Non-perishable snacks like nuts, granola bars, raisins, and peanut butter and crackers. And bottled water for every person.
A road emergency can happen to anyone, so its better to be prepared! By keeping these things up-to-date and packed in your car, you’ll be taking a simple extra step to protecting your family this winter on your next road trip to grandma’s house.