Safe Travels in Winter Weather

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty

I spend a lot of time on the road each day and am often wandering the back roads of the area around Chelsea. With winter upon us, I find that there are a few things I have to keep in the car for emergencies. You may find some of these items helpful to have on hand as well.

For warmth: Have a blanket or two on hand, preferably wool. Old army blankets may be scratchy, but they keep you warm even when wet, are naturally water-resistant, and fire-resistant. It might also be a good idea to keep a couple of candles and a glass in which to light them in the trunk, just in case you are stuck for more than an hour or so in a cold spot. Glass conducts heat as well as metal and lets the light out as well! Just remember to crack the windows if you have to use them. You should also have a pair of wool socks, mittens, and a hat on hand just in case.

For light: Keep a flashlight in the car for use outside if you have to change a tire or flag down a passing vehicle. While a candle might work well in the vehicle, they can often blow out on a windy day. You should also have a couple of road flares in the event you are blocking traffic.

Odds and ends: A collapsable snow shovel is always handy as is a bucket of salt, sand and wood ash. The combination of materials works exceptionally well when you find yourself stuck in the snow! I also have couple bottles of water with me at all times and a couple energy or granola bars just in case.

Being prepared for emergencies and difficult traveling conditions can give you a leg up in such a situation. If you have other items that you keep in your car, please share the knowledge!

Comments (2)

Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager
Hi Michael, 
Being prepared for emergencies is ALWAYS a good idea, but especially in winter when weather can be a particular enemy.   And ALWAYS carry a cell phone, right?
Jan 16, 2008 02:20 PM
Brian Wentz
Keller Williams Greater Des Moines - Des Moines, IA
Realtor - Des Moines Iowa Real Estate
Great tips. I always end up eating the granola bars somewhere along the way- go figure!!
Jan 16, 2008 02:48 PM