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In the last blog post we made brief mention of how winter storms had unexpected and significant impacts in Georgia and North Carolina this year. Many of us watched as stranded commuters waited in their cars for hours, ran out of gas and either walked for miles, abandoned their vehicles or slept in drug stores, churches and home improvement centers while they waited for the roads to clear. When those affected folks woke up, it’s likely not one of them thought they’d be spending the night in their car with no food, no water and no heat. But that’s the nature of emergencies – you just never know what the day holds, so it’s important to plan ahead for the unexpected.
In case you need some inspiration or motivation to review or create your vehicle emergency kit, here are some first-hand accounts of the terrible commuter situation in Atlanta:
The snow and ice may be nearly in the rearview mirror for most of us, but getting stuck in a car isn’t just a winter risk. Motorists have been stranded by flash floods, major traffic accidents, highway chemical spills and breakdowns in remote locations, among other reasons. Don’t let it happen to you. Review our “basics” list then check the “updated” list for things you may need that you haven’t thought of.
Some things you may not think of…
If it sounds like your entire trunk is going to be packed with emergency gear, it’s not. Put everything in an under-the-bed zipper bag (or recycle a plastic bedding bag) and place it flat on the floor of your trunk.
If you need a short cut, our Ultimate Auto Kit has many of the things you’d need in an emergency and comes in it’s own durable, compact bag.
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