Car Preparedness

Being prepared for an emergency is something most people don’t think about until it is too late. It being spring cleaning I decided to clean the car and verify my cars emergency gear. So here is what I have in my 2014 Ford Escape Titanium.

First aid kit is located under the driver seat so I can grab it quickly in an emergency. I am the kind of person to put myself into a potentially dangerous position, ie. working on the side of a highway, so I also have a reflective vest in the back pocket of the passenger seat. I am able to reach if from the driver seat and I can grab it before I jump out the door.

I don’t like to keep too much in the trunk but I do have a pre-made roadside emergency kit from Canadian Tire. It is strapped down in a way that it will not slide around while driving but I can grab it without messing around with straps.

I check the spare twice a year to ensure proper inflation, tread, and no damage. I have had to use the spare a few times and knowing how to properly install a spare is very important.

The spare tire compartment has a second (older) roadside kit that has been taken apart and distributed to all of the pockets, these items include; extra jumper cables, more reflective triangles, call police sign, small tool kit, and various straps and cables for tying things down.

For the survival gear I have; blanket, toque and gloves, hand warmers, thermal reflective blanket, candles and waterproof matches, and two bottles of water for each member of the family.

For me personally, these items are essential. During the harsh Nova Scotian winters, I have used all of these tools at one point or another. And during the winter, I also have a small shovel and a bag of salt that I keep in the trunk that comes in handy to help dig out people who have gotten themselves stuck, myself included.

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