Make a Driving Survival Kit Before Traveling at Thanksgiving

November 25, 2014 Dave Anderson
Before you drive over the river and through the woods or anywhere else at Thanksgiving, make time to assemble a driving survival kit that can save you trouble - or even save your life. Some of these items apply to cold-weather areas, but many are relevant for driving anywhere, anytime. These recommendations come from the Minnesota Dept. of Public Safety.

Use a coffee can or similar container with a plastic lid to store the following items:
  • Cell phone adapter to plug into lighter
  • Large plastic garbage bag
  • Pencil and paper
  • Red bandanna or cloth
  • Safety pins
  • Small candles and matches
  • Small, sharp knife and plastic spoons
  • Whistle
  • Plastic flashlight and spare batteries. Reverse batteries in the flashlight to avoid accidental switching and burnout. Warm batteries before using them. 

Food items: Choose small packages of food that you can eat hot or cold.
  • Canned soup, meat and poultry
  • Chewing gum
  • Food bars
  • Miniature candy bars
  • Raisins in small packets
  • Semi-sweet chocolate in pieces for sharing
  • Water
  • Wrapped hard candies

Safety Items:
Store in the passenger compartment when severe winter weather threatens, in case the trunk becomes jammed or frozen shut.
  • Basic tools
  • Booster cables
  • Road flares and reflectors
  • Sand, cat litter or other grit in a plastic milk carton
  • Shovel
  • Sleeping bag or blankets
  • Snowmobile suit and heavy boots
  • Tow cables or chain
  • 30-foot rope or cord to use as homing line if you must exit the vehicle

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