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How to Prepare for a Winter Road

During the winter, a dead car battery or accident can leave you stranded out in the cold, so it’s important to be well-prepared if you’re planning on a winter road trip. Taking the time to thoroughly check over your car before you leave and packing an emergency kit to take with you can help ensure you have a safe and enjoyable trip, no matter what the weather is doing. Winter Road Trips: What to Pack Before you head out this winter, be sure to stock your vehicle with some winter car safety essentials, including: Blankets or extra coats Bottled water Cell phone and car charger Extra can of gas Extra windshield washer fluid First aid kit Flashlight and extra batteries Jumper cables Matches Non-perishable food Shovel Small bag of sand or cat litter (to spread around your tires if you

The Snowmobile Survival Kit: What to do if You Break Down

What to do if You Break Down

Snowmobiling is a favorite winter pastime for countless people, but a breakdown at an inopportune moment can leave you stranded out in the cold. Even with proper snowmobile maintenance, it’s still possible to break down, end up with a dead snowmobile battery or run out of fuel. Before you take your snowmobile out this winter, be sure to review the snowmobile safety tips below for how to deal with a breakdown.   Stay With Your Snowmobile If you experience a breakdown, the first thing to remember is to stay calm. You may be tempted to start walking back to the trailhead (or your home, cabin, etc., depending on where you are snowmobiling), but before you take a step take a moment to think. If you don’t know for sure that the trailhead or other destination is within an hour’s walking

How to Jump-Start a Dead Car Battery

Jump Start Car

The dreaded dead car battery. Either you left the lights on overnight, the door slightly ajar, or your battery is simply old and has seen better days. No matter how it happens, the day you go to start your car and find your battery to be dead is inevitably a day where you are already running late or the temperatures have dropped to unbearable levels. In case this happens to you, it is important to know what to do next. You will need jumper cables and a car with a properly functioning battery. Check out your battery. At this time you’ll determine if the battery is dead, low, or has bad cable connections. Make sure that the cables attached to the car battery are still attached and not corroded. Clean corroded cables as best you can and try starting again

Summer Storm Prep

Summer Storm

With summer comes long, hot days and lazy warm nights. The drastic change in weather is exciting for a lot of us, but it can also bring severe thunderstorms, strong winds, and even tornadoes in some areas. It is important to have a plan in place to make sure you are prepared for these more drastic weather conditions. By regularly checking the weather forecast to see when a storm is coming, in addition to having an emergency kit on hand, you should be able to face any severe weather that hits your area. Have an emergency kit prepared. You don’t want to be scrambling to get things together as a storm is in fullswing. Keep a bag packed and stowed away in your basement. Some items to include are: Flashlight Battery-operated fan Battery-operated radio to listen to weather updates Fire

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