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#1 Hum

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Posted 06 March 2014 - 11:35

The first thing to do as winter approaches is be sure you have stored a few key items in your car. If you wait until you need them to try to round them up, it will be too late. Essential items to include in a winter survival kit, according to a combination of recommendations:


    Bottled water (at least four quarts)

    Snack foods, particularly nutritious energy bars

    Raisins, dried fruit, nuts, candy bars

    Strike-anywhere, waterproof matches and small candles

    A flashlight with extra batteries

    First-aid kit

    Folding knife and multi-tool

    Emergency flares

    An extra winter coat, mittens and a wool cap

    Winter boots

    Toilet paper

    Cellphone and charger

    A space blanket

    A spare blanket or sleeping bag

    A portable radio with spare batteries

    Tow rope

    Nylon cord

    Flagging tape

    Chemical hand and body warmer packets

Other essential winter tools in severe weather country include jumper cables, a small shovel, tire chains and rock salt, sand or kitty litter to provide added traction when stuck on a slick surface.

If you’re leaving for an extended trip, always check weather and road conditions before departing. If poor conditions are forecast, you may consider postponing your trip. Also, let others know when you are leaving, which way you will be traveling and when you should arrive at your destination so they can alert authorities and provide them with solid information to help in finding you should the need arise. Fill your car with fuel and make frequent stops to stretch, relax and refill your tank, never allowing it to get much below a half tank. Should you become stuck and need to spend the night in your car, the ample gas will allow you to start your car throughout the night and run the heat for short intervals.

First call for help if you can’t get your car unstuck. Don’t overexert yourself and don’t leave your car and begin walking for help. You stand a much better chance of being found if you remain with your car, which can also provide the best shelter from the elements.

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#2 Skiver

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Posted 06 March 2014 - 11:38

You are aware its March right, and the article was from 14 months ago?



#3 McKay

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Posted 06 March 2014 - 11:41

Winter is approaching? But we just had one... DAMN GLOBAL WARMING!



#4 Haggis

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Posted 06 March 2014 - 11:43

  •     Bottled water (at least four quarts) (Got)
  •     Snack foods, particularly nutritious energy bars (Got)
  •     Raisins, dried fruit, nuts, candy bars
  •     Strike-anywhere, waterproof matches and small candles (Got Lighter)
  •     A flashlight with extra batteries (Got on phone))
  •     First-aid kit
  •     Folding knife and multi-tool (Got)
  •     Emergency flares
  •     An extra winter coat, mittens and a wool cap
  •     Winter boots
  •     Toilet paper (Got)
  •     Cellphone and charger (Got)
  •     A space blanket 
  •     A spare blanket or sleeping bag
  •     A portable radio with spare batteries
  •     Tow rope (Got)
  •     Nylon cord (Got)
  •     Flagging tape
  •     Chemical hand and body warmer packets


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Posted 06 March 2014 - 11:45

You are aware its March right, and the article was from 14 months ago?

We just had snow, and freezing temperatures.

 

And Winter still happens every year ;)

 

And cars do break down, often in remote areas, at any time.



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Posted 06 March 2014 - 11:50

I was expecting to see that Top Gear segment in which James & Richard tried to live inside a Smart ForFour for 24 hours. :)



#7 Rohdekill

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Posted 06 March 2014 - 11:57

Or you could just use common sense such as not taking a remote route of travel, let people know you're intended route, not travel during a blizzard.  



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Posted 06 March 2014 - 12:03

I was expecting to see that Top Gear segment in which James & Richard tried to live inside a Smart ForFour for 24 hours. :)

Same here. I feel dissapointed now.



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Posted 06 March 2014 - 12:21

Hello,

The first thing to do as winter approaches is be sure you have stored a few key items in your car. If you wait until you need them to try to round them up, it will be too late. Essential items to include in a winter survival kit, according to a combination of recommendations:


    Bottled water (at least four quarts)
    Snack foods, particularly nutritious energy bars
    Raisins, dried fruit, nuts, candy bars
    Strike-anywhere, waterproof matches and small candles
    A flashlight with extra batteries
    First-aid kit
    Folding knife and multi-tool
    Emergency flares
    An extra winter coat, mittens and a wool cap
    Winter boots
    Toilet paper
    Cellphone and charger
    A space blanket
    A spare blanket or sleeping bag
    A portable radio with spare batteries
    Tow rope
    Nylon cord
    Flagging tape
    Chemical hand and body warmer packets

Other essential winter tools in severe weather country include jumper cables, a small shovel, tire chains and rock salt, sand or kitty litter to provide added traction when stuck on a slick surface.

If you’re leaving for an extended trip, always check weather and road conditions before departing. If poor conditions are forecast, you may consider postponing your trip. Also, let others know when you are leaving, which way you will be traveling and when you should arrive at your destination so they can alert authorities and provide them with solid information to help in finding you should the need arise. Fill your car with fuel and make frequent stops to stretch, relax and refill your tank, never allowing it to get much below a half tank. Should you become stuck and need to spend the night in your car, the ample gas will allow you to start your car throughout the night and run the heat for short intervals.

First call for help if you can’t get your car unstuck. Don’t overexert yourself and don’t leave your car and begin walking for help. You stand a much better chance of being found if you remain with your car, which can also provide the best shelter from the elements.

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  •     Bottled water (at least four quarts) (Got)
  •     Snack foods, particularly nutritious energy bars (Got)
  •     Raisins, dried fruit, nuts, candy bars
  •     Strike-anywhere, waterproof matches and small candles (Got Lighter)
  •     A flashlight with extra batteries (Got on phone))
  •     First-aid kit
  •     Folding knife and multi-tool (Got)
  •     Emergency flares
  •     An extra winter coat, mittens and a wool cap
  •     Winter boots
  •     Toilet paper (Got)
  •     Cellphone and charger (Got)
  •     A space blanket 
  •     A spare blanket or sleeping bag
  •     A portable radio with spare batteries
  •     Tow rope (Got)
  •     Nylon cord (Got)
  •     Flagging tape
  •     Chemical hand and body warmer packets[/size]
Man, you guys markup make it hard to quote:


Bottled water (at least four quarts) Got it
Snack foods, particularly nutritious energy bars Got it, some gummies
Raisins, dried fruit, nuts, candy bars See above
Strike-anywhere, waterproof matches and small candles Good idea as I dont think I have
A flashlight with extra batteries Don't have it but want it
First-aid kit I dont see the need to, usually travel alone
Folding knife and multi-tool I have a folding knife alhtough I think its illegal to carry it in your car
Emergency flares Looked at getting some but I think they are not only illegal but expensive
An extra winter coat, mittens and a wool cap I usually am wearing a lot of layers of clothing like a onion so
Winter boots My boots are already winter boots
Toilet paper I have tissues
Cellphone and charger I have my phone and my car charges it
A space blanket Looked it up, very intresting. Will have to look up prices for this
A spare blanket or sleeping bag Got a blanket AND a small pillow
A portable radio with spare batteries A one way or two way radio? A radio to hear I dont see much point
Tow rope Towing another car here is illegal
Nylon cord Bungie jumping???
Flagging tape Dont have, no intrest
Chemical hand and body warmer packets Want this too

Jumper cables should be included here WITHOUT A DOUBT.

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Posted 06 March 2014 - 12:28

And here I am driving around rural areas every winter with none of those.  Rock on.



#11 Haggis

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Posted 06 March 2014 - 12:35

yeah mine aint winter stuff, they are just in my car anyway lol



#12 Draconian Guppy

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Posted 06 March 2014 - 13:59

having female company :shifty:



#13 Stokkolm

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Posted 06 March 2014 - 14:11

Hello,
 
 
Man, you guys markup make it hard to quote:


Bottled water (at least four quarts) Got it
Snack foods, particularly nutritious energy bars Got it, some gummies
Raisins, dried fruit, nuts, candy bars See above
Strike-anywhere, waterproof matches and small candles Good idea as I dont think I have
A flashlight with extra batteries Don't have it but want it
First-aid kit I dont see the need to, usually travel alone
Folding knife and multi-tool I have a folding knife alhtough I think its illegal to carry it in your car
Emergency flares Looked at getting some but I think they are not only illegal but expensive
An extra winter coat, mittens and a wool cap I usually am wearing a lot of layers of clothing like a onion so
Winter boots My boots are already winter boots
Toilet paper I have tissues
Cellphone and charger I have my phone and my car charges it
A space blanket Looked it up, very intresting. Will have to look up prices for this
A spare blanket or sleeping bag Got a blanket AND a small pillow
A portable radio with spare batteries A one way or two way radio? A radio to hear I dont see much point
Tow rope Towing another car here is illegal
Nylon cord Bungie jumping???
Flagging tape Dont have, no intrest
Chemical hand and body warmer packets Want this too

Jumper cables should be included here WITHOUT A DOUBT.

It's illegal to have a folding knife in your car? What is the world coming to?!?



#14 Rohdekill

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Posted 06 March 2014 - 14:31

This list is insane.  It was either written by a woman who packs 20 suitcases for an overnight stay or by someone who thinks the world will end if you're stuck.

 

The human body can survive for 2 months without solid food.  It can survive for 2 weeks without water.  You're stuck for roughly 12 hours max.  Unless the temp is below 0 degrees F, you'll survive just fine, even if you run out of gas for heat.



#15 Astra.Xtreme

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Posted 06 March 2014 - 14:38

Unless you're going off-roading in the middle of the wilderness, none of this stuff is really necessary.

I probably wouldn't worry about any of it unless I was going somewhere without cellphone reception.