Winter Storm Jonas was a reminder that one of the many hazards of winter driving is when you are either stuck or your vehicle won't start. Diesel can freeze up causing engine stall. Any of these scenarios could mean hours if not days before a tow truck or service truck can get to you. A suggested list of Winter Safety Equipment/Emergency/Survival Gear in addition to your regular Safety Equipment:
- TruckClaws™ II
- Bottled Water (ample for 2 days for driver and each passenger).
- Non-perishable food (ample for 2 days for driver and each passenger).
- Flashlight and extra batteries.
- Toilet Paper
- Paper Towels
- Required prescribed Medication (ample for 2 days for driver and each passenger).
- Insulated Snow boots or shoes.
- Insulated coats and or jackets along with additional clothing.
- First Aid Kit.
- Extra gallon of windshield wiper fluid.
- Ice scraper and snow brush.
- Battery power radio and extra batteries.
- External battery pack for your cell phone.
- Extra Flares (in addition to what you should normally have onboard).
It is important to keep your fuel/gas above half at all time during the winter months. It helps prevents fuel gelling and makes sure your vehicle continues to run if it is your only source of heat. Not only is snow removal an issue during a storm, high winds and ice can knock out power to gas stations and truck stops preventing you from filling up.
During the recent Winter Storm Jonas, owners of the TruckClaws™ could confidently navigate through the snow covered highways and streets knowing that IF they did get stuck they could "Claw" their way out in minutes.
NOTE: I was driving a rig from New York City to Omaha in the Blizzard of '78 a saw hundreds of stranded vehicles in backups on the Interstate that were miles long and wished I were better prepared with survival gear and had a TruckClaws™ Kit. The 1,240 mile trip took almost a week.
While states are better prepared for snow removal today, it still can take days to clear streets and highways after a storm or blizzard. Rely on yourself and keep the winter safety kit items in your trunk or Rig.