It’s that time of the year again when drivers must winterize their rig as they prepare for inclement weather and conditions ranging from icy roads to freezing temperatures. One thing we have all learned since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic is that anything is possible, and it’s important to be prepared for the unexpected.
While you’re readying your rig for winter conditions, it’s also a good idea to prep the inside of your cab with emergency provisions in case you’re delayed for an extended period of time, or even stranded. Road closures due to bad weather, severe accidents causing massive delays … are you prepared to sit on or beside the highway for hours, or perhaps even?
We’ve all seen it, and many of you may have experienced it, so you know firsthand it’s a reality. It happened in Fremont County, Idaho, in 2019: About a dozen semi-truck drivers were stranded on U.S. Highway 20 when a severe snowstorm resulted in impassable roads.
Many of the drivers had not had anything to eat for more than 24 hours, until Fremont County Sheriff’s Office volunteers brought some much-needed supplies the following day. Do not let this happen to you.
Having a survival box stashed away in your truck can help you to be prepared for an instance such as this. Here are some items every driver should have in their cab as winter approaches:
- Paper plates and plastic utensils;
- Ready-to-eat tuna, salmon and chicken in pouches;
- Trail mix;
- Protein bars;
- A power-pack phone charger;
- Emergen-C immunity-boosting packs; and
- Water, water and more water.