Driving in New York and Pennsylvania can be challenging. We have to deal with some of the worst traffic in the country, chaotic winter weather, wildfires, torrential rain, fog and even hurricanes. You never know what you may face on the road, but you can prepare for it now.
Keep your car roadworthy
One of the most important things you can do is to make sure your vehicle is roadworthy. Never allow your gas to fall below half a tank, take it in for regular maintenance and ensure that your fluids are always topped off. Have your tires periodically checked too and replace your brakes and windshield wipers regularly. This can help you avoid losing control of your car or breaking down during dangerous times.
Car emergency kit
Create or buy a car emergency kit. This should contain items that you need for car accidents and weather-related events. Think about what you need to survive if you are stranded or injured. First, you need a first aid kit. If you do not know how to use it, learn to now. Make sure it includes your emergency contacts, doctor’s information and any allergies or medical information that a doctor would need to know.
Next, think about your safety after a car accident. If you routinely drive in a very rural area, consider buying a flare gun for extreme scenarios. Though, usually a flashlight (with back-up batteries) and a back-up batter for your phone should be sufficient. Include road flairs, flashers or some other way to alert other drivers that they need to pull into the other lane.
Winter weather is a real problem. Prep for it too. Include thermal blankets, a snow kit (shovels, brushes, etc.) kitty litter for traction and any other items you feel you need to be comfortable in a cold car.
Finally, you may get stranded for an extended period of time. Include some non-perishable food items and water that can be safely stored in the car. MREs and specially packaged water are available, but bottled water is generally not advisable to store in your car. Think about what would make you comfortable if you were stranded.
Crash evidence kit
Do not forget to create your crash evidence kit too. This kit is to help prove your case, should you be involved in a car accident. It should include a dash cam, disposable camera (for back up), your smartphone and a pad and pen. This will ensure that you can get evidence of the accident and the people involved.