On the “road” to safety

Whether the season makes the roads unsafe or your vehicle simply breaks down, it wouldn’t hurt to have a safety survival kit of some sort. You can never have too many survival kits, right? Everyone can put together a simple kit to keep in their car in the event that there is an emergency situation. The Drew Ritchie Agency has compiled this list for you in case you need help getting an idea of what should go into a survival kit.

  • Shovel
  • Windshield scraper
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Battery powered radio
  • Snack foods and energy bars
  • Matches and small candles
  • Extra hats, socks and gloves
  • First aid kit
  • Pocket knife
  • Necessary medications
  • Blankets and/or sleeping bags
  • Tow chain or rope
  • Road salt, sand or cat litter for traction
  • Booster cables
  • Emergency flares or reflectors
  • Fluorescent distress flag
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone adapter to plug into lighter

Most of the items we chose to list are for the purpose of helping you to gain attention from persons that may happen to be passing by. Try finding the smallest items or packages of things listed that you possibly can as you don’t want to take up too much room in your vehicle. If your back seats don’t pull down for access to the trunk (in case the trunk freezes shut) consider placing items in the passenger compartment.

If you do happen to break down or get stuck out on the road some place, don’t leave the vehicle as walking along the road can be dangerous. Stay in the car, stay warm and attempt to get attention of rescue crews. If your phone is working, of course, you should call 9-1-1.

It might seem unlikely that this situation would ever happen to you and let’s all hope that it never does, but on the off chance that something occurs we hope you’ll be prepared.

On behalf of The Drew Ritchie Agency, stay safe out there!