Are You Prepared for Winter Road Emergencies?

December 21, 2017

Emergency sign

You and your family take the trip from Akron to Cleveland to take in the sights of the Downtown Cleveland Christmas display.  You’ve made this trip countless times.  Sure, the forecast predicted snow, but if you planned your life around snow in Northeast Ohio, you’d never leave the house.  So you make the trek, and on the way north, all goes as planned. A few flurries, but nothing to call the news about.

On the way home the story is different, that blizzard they predicted actually hits this time.  You struggle to see the road and the snow dances in front of your headlights, creating a dizzying cascade of blinding white flakes.  Before you know it, you hit a patch of ice, and your car is now stranded in a ditch on the side of I-77.  On the way to Cleveland, there were hundreds of cars on the road.  But now it’s just you and your family.  Stranded. Waiting. Hoping for relief.

Are you prepared for this type of event?  Do you have the basics in your car to put your family in a position to survive a car accident in frozen temperatures?

Here’s a list of safety items every motorist should have with them when traveling in Northeast Ohio during the winter:

• Shovel

• Windshield scraper/small broom

• Flashlight and extra batteries

• Battery-powered radio

• Water

• Snack food (including energy bars)

• Extra hats, socks, and mittens

• First-aid kit

• Pocket knife

• Necessary medications

• Blanket/Sleeping bag

• Tow chain or rope

• Road salt, sand or cat litter for traction

• Booster cables

• Emergency flares and reflectors

• Fluorescent distress flag and whistle to attract attention

• Cell phone charger

Rad Air is here to make sure your car is ready for winter.  It’s not always an accident that makes winter dangerous.  You can’t afford to have a broken-down vehicle on the side of an icy road this winter.  Schedule your winter vehicle inspection and make sure that your car is ready for the road this winter.