What To Do When Your Car is Stuck in the Snow

stuckIf you live anywhere snow falls, you have probably experienced the joy of getting your car stuck in the snow. Often times it isn’t the snow on the road that poses a problem. It is the snow the plows push to the side of the road. You slide a little or you take a corner just a little too sharp and the next thing you know, your vehicle is wedged into a pile of snow. Simply putting the vehicle in gear and backing out or driving forward is futile. You are truly wedged in. What do you do?

Well, for some, a quick call to the local tow company is the first call. For others who don’t particularly want to wait for two hours or more while the tow trucks pull out all of the other people who are stuck or who have wrecked their cars, there are some options.

1-Rock it. If you have a couple handy helpers, giving the car a good rocking back and forth will often be enough to get the tires the traction they need to get out of the snow. This is typically easiest in smaller vehicles and SUVs. Have the helpers push the vehicle on the opposite side of where you are hoping to drive out of. Put the car in reverse and press the gas with helpers pushing if they are on right end. Quickly move the car back into drive and try to go forward. If that doesn’t work, leave the car in drive (works best for front wheel drive cars) and the people will stand in the back. Develop a rythym that involves helpers pushing at the same time gas is given. Stop and repeat. This will get a good rocking motion that will hopefully get the car moving.

2-Putting kitty litter or sand under the tires will help with the traction issue as well.Have a winter survival kit just in case you need help.

3-Floor mats are great for providing the traction needed to get out of the snow. There is typically one or two tires that fail to gain traction and will spin when gas is pressed. Place the mats as far under the tires as possible. You may need to repeat this process every few feet until the vehicle is cleared.

4-Putting small twigs and pine needles under the spinning tires is another way to help the tires grip onto something besides the slippery snow.

5-Digging out all of the tires and ensuring there is a clear path back onto the road is another option. You will still likely need to combine the digging with either sand or mats under the front tires to get traction.

If you find yourself stuck in the snow, don’t panic. Turn on your headlights and flashers so other vehicles see you. If you are on a busy street, it is a good idea to get any passengers out of the car and into a building for safety, just in case your car is hit by another sliding car. Because accidental slide-offs or turning down a side street that hasn’t been plowed is so common, you should always be prepared in the winter. Always have the appropriate gear in the vehicle for you to put on should you have to spend anytime out in the snow.

If you are stranded for long and want to stay warm, make sure you clear the snow from around the exhaust to keep it from coming back into the car. If you can’t do that, do not allow your car to run!

Good luck and hopefully you can avoid any snowbanks this year!

Holiday Travel Preps

stuckThis is a busy time of year with people driving to see relatives. With gas prices nice and low, it is very affordable to drive and it gives you the freedom to come and go as you please. And, quite frankly, with the threat of terror attacks on the rise, driving sounds even better. Before you toss your suitcases in the car and head out over the mountain and through the woods, get prepared for winter driving.

You should never leave home without some basic preps, but when you are driving in the winter, there are a few additional things you will need to pack around with you. Check out the list below and make sure your family is ready for a long road trip in the middle of winter.

Wool blanket, 2 if you have more than 2 people in the car
Hand warmers
Gloves, hats and warm coats for every member of the family
Cell phone charger for the car
Flares or the reflective orange triangles
Boots for at least one adult in case they need to get out of the car
Gallon of water
Snacks
Books or magazines
Toilet paper
Ice scraper
Kitty litter to use as traction
Sand bags for extra weight
Tow chain or rope

This list is in addition to the basics. If you don’t know what the basics are, they are as follows;snowyroad

Tools i.e. screwdriver, pliers, electrical tape
Flashlight
Spare tire and the equipment to change it
Extra fluids i.e. antifreeze, oil, windshield wiper fluid
Emergency road kit
First aid kit
Jumper cables
Waterproof matches, lighter or magnesium stick to start a fire
Emergency blanket

Before you leave, make sure you tell someone the route you are taking and your expected arrival time. You never know when you may blow a tire, run off the road or get lost. Cell service is never a guarantee. Always be prepared to hunker down in your car until help arrives. Before you head out, give your car a check up and make sure it is road worthy. Don’t pass up a gas station if you know you are going to have to travel 50 miles or more until the next available place for fuel. If you get stuck in traffic or have to sit on the side of the road for a while, you want to be able to run the car to keep the heater on.

Good luck and enjoy your holiday travels!

First Aid Kit for Serious Preppers

first-aid-kit-59645_640You probably already have a first aid kit sitting on one of your shelves. But is the kit really adequate? Often times the small, prepackaged first aid kits you buy at your local store are filled with bandaids, a couple packs of antibiotic ointment and not much else. These small kits are great to have around, but they are by no means adequate for a true survival situation. You need something much more substantial. The following list includes some of the things you should add to build your own kit for a survival situation. Keep the kit in a duffel bag, toolbox or small suitcase.

Several rolls of gauze
Large and small non-stick cotton pads
Medical tape
Triple antibiotic ointment
Antihistamines
Anti-diarrhea meds
Vet wrap—stuff is like an ACE bandage but it sticks to itself
ACE bandages—varying sizes
Silvasorb gel can be used to treat a variety of wounds
Suture kit
Syringe for irrigating wounds
Bandage scissors
Pain reliever
Tweezers
Nitrile gloves
Bandaids
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The idea with this list is to have several or a lot of each item. A single ACE bandage or a single roll of gauze is not going to do you a lot of good when you are on your own for weeks. Survival situations typically end up causing minor injuries with some much more serious. Having a well-stocked first aid kit will allow you to tend the wounds when there are no doctors, hospitals or pharmacies.

If you have someone in your family that has diabetes, a heart problem or a severe allergy, make sure you add what you need to the kit to handle any emergencies they may have. Medical supplies are fairly inexpensive. It is a good idea to stock up and have too many than too little.

5 Must-Have Staples for Your Prepper Storage

file0001706313190Every prepper will have their own idea about what should be put on their food storage shelves. That is okay. That is actually very good. No family is going to enjoy the same foods. We all have our preferences and by now you probably know the rule about only stocking what you eat today. With that said, there are a few foods that every prepper should have tucked away for a SHTF situation. These are foods that provide the necessary nutrition needed to stay alive. Not all foods contain the protein you need to keep going. With fresh meat limited and an inability to run to the grocery store, you must have these foods on hand to keep your body in good shape.

Peanut Butter

Peanut butter is a comfort food as well as packed with protein. A little goes a long way. It is filled with a variety of vitamins and minerals that will help keep your body strong as you get used to taking on more manual labor.

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Brown rice is healthier than white rice, but if you can only get your hands on long-grain white rice, it will suffice. Rice will give you the energy you need to keep going. It is rich in iron as well as protein and the calories you need, which will help keep you healthy and strong.

Dried Beans

Pinto beans are an absolute must. They store for decades. They are very filling and high in protein and fiber. Again, it is all about getting the biggest bang for your buck when you are eating for survival. Empty calories are not going to help you.

Nuts

Lots and lots of nuts are an excellent source of protein, fiber and good carbs. They are filling and so easy to eat when you are on the move. Before you head out on a hunting trip, fill your pockets with some mixed nuts, almonds, cashews and sunflowers are ideal.

Sprouting Seeds

Alfalfa sprouts or broccoli sprouts are nutritious and can make a plain old sandwich taste spectacular. A tiny bit will go a long way and they are super easy to sprout. All you need is a paper towel and a few days.

These are five things every prepper will want to start stocking up on. Rice and beans can be prepared in a variety of ways so you don’t get bored. The sprouts add flavor to a dull piece of bread. Nuts are great for satisfying that need to snack and peanut butter, is just good all the way around.