Snowstorms have the potential to stop drivers in their tracks. So it is a good idea to make sure you have the necessary supplies to stay safe during the winter months.
□ De-icer and scraper – every driver wants to make sure that they have de-icer and a good scraper to make sure your windshield is clear while you are on the road.
□ Putty knife and hammer – air tanks can freeze quickly so if you have been driving in excessive amounts of snow it is a good idea to check and make sure that there is no snow or ice packed into your air brakes. The heat from your motor might not be enough to melt the snow since compressed air is cooler so any snow that does melt will turn to ice due to the cold metal beneath it.
□ Shovel and a bag of salt, sand or kitty litter – warm tires can turn the snow you parked on into ice and using salt, sand or kitty litter can give you that extra traction that you might need to get going.
□ Tire chains and installation tools – Tire chain can help with traction as well in certain situations. Make sure you know the tire chain laws of the state you are in, you can check each state’s law here.
□ Jump cables – always useful, but especially important during the cold winter months.
□ Flashlights – a good flashlight can help you fix something on your truck, find something in the dark or help you in flagging down some help.
□ Heavy duty bungee cords –having some good bungee cords that are able to withstand freezing weather could be helpful during the cold months.
□ Half-full gas tank – having a least a half-full tank of gas during the winter months is a good idea. You never know when bad weather might come your way, and if it does, you will be thankful to have fuel.
□ Heavy duty winter clothes – make sure you extra warm jackets, gloves, hats, socks and waterproof boots when you hit the road during the winter, to make sure that you always have protective winter clothes if needed.
□ Heavy duty knee pads – having heavy duty knee pads can be helpful for truck maintenance such as changing tires, refilling fluids and checking truck equipment. If your kneepads are too thin and can not withstand the weather you might regret it.
□ Extra blankets – having extra blankets can help keep you warm if you were ever in an unfortunate situation.
□ Extra food and water – make sure to have extra food and water stored in your truck in case you need to stay in place for an extended period of time.