I get to climb into a frigid vehicle in an hour or so and make my way to Saskatoon for eye injections. Again.As much as I’d like to bitch about those injections and be bitter about them, they keep me from going blind, so I can’t complain TOO much. No, the focus this morning will be in being prepared for the road during winter conditions.
People will travel, no matter what the situation. Hell, look at how many people are still foolishly jamming themselves into a contained metal tube with recycled air to fly around to different places. Given the pandemic, this is likely the dumbest thing one could do at the moment. But, hey… Have lack of intelligence, will travel… But I digress.
Now that I’m off my soapbox and can focus appropriately, let’s discuss how one can ensure they’re prepared during winter travel. In a car. My eye injections are considered mandatory travel since without them, my vision would start to reduce. I’ve had to travel through excessively snowy conditions, snow storms, you name it. My training has been helpful, but not everyone has that training. As a law enforcement officer for many years, I’ve seen the unfortunate results of collisions during the winter months.
If you’re going to travel during winter months, it’s important to pack your vehicle will some vital items. For example, bottles of water and emergency candles are good items to keep stuffed away in your cargo area. A first aid kit, extra cloths and a booster pack for the car can also be life-saving. Most people carry a cell phone these days, but on the off chance you aren’t one of them, carrying emergency flares and a flashlight can be especially helpful.
The important hung is to make sure you don‘t allow yourself to be fooled by the thought of travelling in a warm vehicle. It takes very little time for a stalled vehicle to turn into a refrigerator. So be sure to dress to the weather outside, not how warm you think you’ll be inside. Lastly, be sure to carry a small shovel in the vent you soft land in some deep snow. And if you’ve never done basic vehicle maintenance, like change a tire, you should try it so you’ll be familiar with the process and be able to do it safely.
As I always say, life doesn’t care about one’s plan. Inclement weather and bad roads can make for hazardous travel conditions. If you MUST travel, it’s important to take all precautions to ensure one’s safety. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to get some caffeine into my system and hit the road. Wish me luck! ☯️