Do you have a winter safety kit in your vehicle?
Team members at Cargill are a proponent of having a winter safety kit in your vehicle, especially those living in cold, brutal weather! OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) provides tips on safe winter driving here. They recommend keeping the following items in your car:
- Cellphone or two-way radio
- Windshield ice scraper
- Snow brush
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- Tow chain
- Traction aids (bag of sand or cat litter)
- Emergency flares
- Jumper cables
- Road maps
- Blankets, change of clothes
We have all heard the stories of people getting stranded in the winter with a vehicle breakdown or accident on winter roads. Unfortunately, some of these stories end very poorly. The harsh winter taught one of our employees a lesson on vehicle and personal safety recently. He and his wife and ventured out one evening to meet up with their son. It was a snowy, miserable night, but they figured the restaurants wouldn’t be busy and they needed to celebrate a birthday. A warning light went off on the vehicle, but they figured the warning was simply a slightly underinflated tire. Upon leaving the restaurant, they realized that it was a flat tire. Thankfully there were several hands there to help, and a safe place on a side street to change the tire. However, no one had a warm enough coat nor proper gloves, and they were cold, wet and miserable.
On the way home that night, the family determined that they needed a winter safety kit in all of their vehicles. They did not go through a tragic event, but if it had happened in a remote area, stranded for a prolonged time, it could have been a lot worse.
Now, this whole family will be prepared for the unexpected incidents and safety risks in winter weather.