Attention to Detail … in your auto!

Presenting you with Organizational Tip #11 for our Get Organized Month!

It will depend where you live as to the relevancy of this post. But here in New England and of course the Great Lakes area, cold, snow, ice and such can bring havoc to our days.

This past Friday, after I left a meeting, I came to my car only to find that I had a flat tire. Upon calling my trusty Roadside Service Company, I was told it would be 4 ½ hours later that they would be able to tend to my flat. We won’t go into what my next 5 hours were like but I was fortunate enough to call my son who came to my rescue so I didn’t have to sit in my car for the full 4 ½ hours.

Now I was fortunate that I was able to leave my vehicle. But what if I wasn’t? What if I was on the highway and involved in one of those 50 car pileups? God forbid! What would I do? Would I have been prepared? No, I wouldn’t have been. So I did a little research and came up with this list of items that we should have in our vehicle … especially during our Winter Season.

1. Cell Phone
2. Car charger for cell phone
3. Flashlight (batteries)
4. Blanket for each person in car
5. First-aid Kit
6. Fire Extinguisher
7. Tire Gauge
8. Jumper Cables
9. Hats, gloves, scarves, boots
10. Tow strap or rope
11. Water
12. Swiss Army Knife
13. Nonperishable snacks
14. Snow shovel
15. Cat litter (used to help give your car traction should you get stuck in the snow or ice)
16. Windshield ice scraper
17. Duct tape
18. Rags
19. Reflective Warning Triangles (at least 3)

So get busy pulling these items together so that you are not left stranded without proper tools should you have a breakdown or be trapped on the highway!

Oh and by the way, the Weather Channel this morning said if you are on the highway and you are stopped due to an accident or breakdown, leave the car running. This is so if you get hit from behind all your safety bags will activate and protect you! They won’t if the car is shut off.

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