What would you do if you were stuck in your car for hours, possibly days? In 2011, Chicago had more than 20 inches of snow fall leaving hundreds of motorists stranded in their vehicles overnight. Would you have the essentials? This isn’t about preparing for the end of the world. It’s more about having a plan for emergencies.
If possible, keep your go-bag in the driver’s compartment of your vehicle so it is readily accessible. If you are unable to do so, it can be stored in an area of your trunk where it is accessible through the rear seat compartment. This eliminates the need to get out of the vehicle to obtain the bag.
Note: Keep your vehicle fueled above a half tank. On average, a vehicle burns approximately 1/4 gallon of gas for every 15 minutes at idle. Idling the vehicle for 15 minutes each hour may produce enough heat to keep you warm until help can arrive. Ensure your tail pipe is not blocked by snow/ice. It could cause deadly carbon monoxide to back up into the vehicle.
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