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Tip No: 21 - The Survival Kit
People living in cities and towns tend to think they will never be stranded in a snowstorm. But every year there are reports of motorists being stranded in their cars for hours, even within city limits. So having winterized your car why not put a survival kit in your trunk. Truck drivers are required to keep many items like flares, reflectors, fire extinguishers and first aid kits in their vehicles at all times. Why not follow their example. Always keep a coat, headgear, gloves and boots in the car in case of breakdown.

Various ready-made kits are available at many department, auto supply stores and safety supply stores.

The thinking driver's survival kit.

Scraper and brush. Spare belts and fuses. Tin can and matches or lighter (to melt snow). A single slow burning candle can warm a full-sized sealed car by 4.5C. (Candles are available that will burn for 10 hours.) Blankets or sleeping bags. First aid kit. Flashlight. Flares. Shovel. Cellular phones have proven increasingly useful. Sand, salt or kitty litter (in case you get stuck). Emergency supply of prescription drugs if necessary. Booster cables. Traction pads or pieces of old carpeting. A towline. Non-perishable foods, like chocolate bars, fruit, etc. Basic tool kit.

This driving tip is from the Partners in Safety booklet, which was published by the Ontario Trucking Association.  Expert instructors of the DSAO have carefully vetted all of these tips.

  Driving Tips
  1-Training Counts
  2-Setting Out
  3-Driving in the Rain
  4-Passing Trucks
  5-Preventing Skids
  6-Handling Skids
  7-Defensive Driving
  8-Backing Up
  9-Sharing The Road With A Truck
  10-Seat Belts
  11-Night Driving
  12-Braking
  13-Regular Maintenance
  14-Biking & Blading
  15-Expressway Driving
  16-Preparing For A Long Trip
  17-Long Distance Driving
  18-Highway Hypnosis
  19-Break Down
  20-Preparing For Winter
21-The Survival Kit
  22-Winter Driving
  23-Getting Unstuck
  24-Courtesy And Common Sense

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