Preparation is very important for safety and is often overlooked. We have the mentality that it will never happen to us. But would you be prepared if something did?
Most of us don't consider every possible negative outcome in our day to day lives. Everyone wants to think positive! But taking a little time to consider the "what ifs" can mean the difference between life or death.
For example, we spend a lot of time travelling the highways between our small communities and to city centers. In winter we face many hazards it should be obvious, but how many times have you caught yourself running to your warm vehicle dressed in little more than a sweater and shoes, to drive 10-20kms or more, anticipating braving elements to and from your vehicle only. Or starting your journey low on fuel because its cheaper to fill up in the next town. We've all done this this with little to no consequence, but it only takes once to realize the mistake is deadly.
- An accident closes the highway and leaves you stranded in the lineup for hours.
- your car breaks down and your left to wait for help with no heat in -30 degrees
- you find yourself in a ditch in bad weather, no cell service or traffic in sight.
- your car wont start in the cold when your ready to return home from your outing.
- your involved in a collision and you or someone else is hurt
- and so many other possibilities...
What will you wish you had prepared before this catastrophe happened? It will be well worth a little time and money to ensure you have what would be needed in such an event - although if your lucky you may never use them.
Keep your tank full, dress appropriately for the weather - and keep extra items such as winter boots, jackets, hats, mitts and a warm blanket, emergency candles, matches, flashlight and other signalling devices, first-aid kit and knowledge to use it, booster cables or booster pack, tools, and fully charged cell phone are some examples of what you may look for and are easy to prepare ahead and keep in your vehicle.
Of course the same applies to your outdoor adventures and even in your home. Take the time to consider the possibilities and what you would need in your emergency kit in every scenario. (What if My skidoo breaks through the ice, what if there is a power outage for several days etc...)
I would love to hear your ideas, real life stories and best practises! What is in your kit? please share in the comments below....