With snow in the forecast and Thanksgiving travel next week, Nebraska motorists are encouraged to take a few precautions, pronto. An emergency kit is a must for your vehicle’s trunk, so you’re prepared for the unexpected.
Ann Avery, the Nebraska spokeswoman for State Farm Insurance, says several staples should be in everyone’s vehicle, before the winter winds start whipping.
“Some of the things include: jumper cables and making sure you have an ice scraper back in the car,” Avery says. “Check the spare tire, make sure it’s in the car and that it’s at the proper inflation. Be sure you have blankets, extra warm clothing. A cell phone charger — we depend on that cell phone. If you get into an emergency, make sure you are able to charge it.”
Other helpful items to have handy include: road salt or cat litter to help with tire traction, a flashlight (with working batteries), matches or a lighter, duct tape, a small tool kit and a tow strap. Avery offers a few more suggestions.
“A first aid kit, water, food that won’t expire in the trunk, and crucial medications,” Avery says. “If you should get caught and stuck on the side of the road, you want to make sure you have those medications.”
If there’s a teenage driver under your roof, Avery says you should talk to them about the importance of this kit.
“Our information shows a lot of teens reported not having all the necessary supplies they need in their trunk,” Avery says. “Check the car the teen is using as well. Have them put the emergency kit together with you so they see what goes into it and understand why it’s all there.”
Other items that you might consider for your emergency kit are: a hazard triangle with reflectors, flares, a brightly-colored flag or “HELP” sign, and a tarp for sitting or kneeling in the snow for doing exterior work like a tire change.