One of my favorite childhood memories were the road trips we’d take as a family. I loved everything about those trips…from the games we’d play in the car to the impromptu stops we’d make along the way for off-the-beaten path activities and sights. While we haven’t taken a ton of road trips as a family, we are starting to utilize this type of travel because it is easier and more convenient to be able to pack exactly what is needed without having to worry about space constraints.
Over the holidays, we took our children to Arizona to see the Grand Canyon and the red rocks of Sedona.I had no idea how beautiful Arizona was and we were so happy that we chose a location that is serene and scenic. Because we were covering a lot of distance, we took our car to our local dealership to ensure it was running properly without any problems. We also made it a priority to pack a few emergency supplies, in case we encountered anything unexpected along those isolated desert roads.
Snow, sleet, hand other weather events are not usually seen in Southern California, which is why State Farm’s Winter Driving Tips and suggested checklist were so valuable. Prior to reading their tips, I literally housed a spare tire and a small first aid kit in my trunk. However, in the event of snow, ice, and other dangerous weather conditions that wasn’t going to cut it. Here is a list of items that State Farm recommends families keep in their vehicles:
- Jumper cables
- Spare tire
- Hazard triangle/road flares
- First aid kit
In the event that you are stranded, State Farm offers the following safe driving tips:
- Pull off the highway (if possible), turn on your hazard lights and use a road flare or reflectors to signal attention.
- If you have a cell phone, call 911 and describe your location as precisely as possible. Follow any instructions from the dispatcher.
- Remain in your vehicle so help can find you.
- Run your vehicle’s engine and heater about 10 minutes each hour to keep warm.
- Open a downwind window slightly for ventilation and clear snow from the exhaust pipe to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Don’t waste your vehicle’s battery power. Balance electrical energy needs – lights, heat and radio – with supply.
- At night, turn on an inside light when you run the engine so help can see you.
- Keep emergency supplies like road flares, a flashlight, blanket, windshield scraper, jumper cables, spare tire and a first aid kit in your vehicle or trunk at all times.
- Keep your fuel tank at least ½ full at all times during bad weather.
What are your best winter driving tips? I’d love to hear them!
For more information or to read additional tips, visit State Farm.
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