With many Hoosiers traveling this week and winter weather possibly affecting conditions in Northwestern Indiana as well as other parts of the country, now is the time to think about a vehicle safety kit in their vehicles, including items specifically for winter weather emergencies.
Now is the time to make sure vehicles are ready for winter. We encourage drivers to check tire pressure and tread depth, the age of car batteries, antifreeze level, car heater and defroster operation, and windshield wipers and blades. It’s also a good idea for drivers to keep at least half a tank of gas in your car at all times during the winter months.
In addition to winter vehicle preparation, it does not hurt to create and put a winter weather preparedness kit in each vehicle in case of a weather-related emergency like an accident, car trouble or slide-offs. An emergency car kit is essential any time of year and should include the following items, with special emphasis this time of year on water, food and warmth:
- At least two blankets or a sleeping bag
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- Booster (jumper) cables
- Emergency flares
- Extra clothing, including boots, hats and gloves
- Bottled water and non-perishable foods like granola bars, raisins, nuts, or peanut butter
- First-aid kit and necessary medications
- Sand or non-clumping kitty litter for tire traction
- Cell phone and charger
- Ice scraper and snow brush.
During severe winter weather or if inclement weather is approaching, the Michigan City Police recommend staying home, if possible. If the trip is absolutely necessary, it’s a good idea to let someone know your destination, route and expected time of arrival.