In my last safety article I discussed things you should do when arriving and leaving the rink, what to do in the event of a struggle, how to break zip ties, and how to get out of a trunk (god forbid you ever have to use such knowledge). This time I’m going to discuss things you should always have in your car just in case you have car trouble on the way to or from a game.
If you haven’t read the “Safety at the rink” article, you can do so here.
Things to have in your car and/or bag:
♥ An extra phone charger.
- There’s nothing worse than getting lost or have vehicle trouble and not having a phone to GPS it or call someone for help. It’s always a great idea to have an extra phone charger that plugs into your car’s lighter so you’ll always have battery. You can get these for $10 at your local Walmart.
♥ A blanket, sweater or jacket, gloves, extra socks, and a hat. Also, a full change of clothes.
- If you ever get stuck somewhere because of bad weather or car troubles, it’s good to have these extra items in your car just in case you’re stuck for a while. Canadian winters can get up to -40 degrees, so there’s no playing around when the heat shuts off. The change of clothes comes in quite handy for times when you just happen to get drenched, whether stuck on the road or caught in the rain. Sitting in wet clothes is so uncomfortable! Trust me, you’ll be happy to have a change of clothes one day.
♥ An address book filled with important numbers.
- If you’ve ever lost your phone you’ll know the importance of this one. Without your cellphone you won’t have numbers to call in the event of an emergency. Include a tow service number. Keep this book in your glove box.
♥ A small car repair kit with instructions.
- If you ever have car trouble this is so handy to have. If you can’t find instructions, ask someone with a knowledge of cars how to change a flat tire, how to put on a spare, how to jump start, and etc. Make sure to write the instructions down and keep them in your glove box.
♥ Food and water.
- Okay, you might be laughing at this one saying “lol Amie why would i keep food in my car haha you silly girl” - but I’m serious! What happens if you get stuck somewhere for a long time, or you get so lost that you’re hours away from home in the middle of nowhere (I’ve done it). Keep a box of granola bars or other simple snacks with a long expiry date, and a few bottles of water. in your car. Now I know your thinking that the water would freeze and you’re right, but you have heat in your car, right?
♥ Printed maps.
- If you’re anything like me, you get lost, a lot. Every time I’m going to a new rink for the first time I get lost either on the way home or on the way back. Keep directions to all arenas you go to (even if you just went there once) in a binder in your car. Hockey girlfriends travel a lot, and there’s always new rinks you’re visiting. Better to be safe than sorry!
♥ A first aid kit.
- If you ever get into an accident and someone is hurt, you’ll likely be the only person on the scene until help arrives. Having a first aid kit can save someones life, or your own.
♥ A working flash light with extra batteries.
- If you ever get stuck somewhere at night you’ll be thanking yourself for this one. I myself keep two in my car just in case.
- If you ever get stuck in the rain you’ll need that change of clothes from earlier and a towel. Sitting with wet hair isn’t a very comfortable option, especially if it’s cold outside. Towels are also good for pulling your car out of mud or snow if you happen to get stuck. Put the towel(s) under your tires for traction.
♥ Safe money.
- There are so many situations that might arise where you might need that extra cash. Leave it in the car in a safe place.
♥ An umbrella and ice scraper.
- You’d be surprised how many people don’t have these items in their vehicle. Don’t be that girl scraping ice off her windshield with a CD.
SAFETY ON THE ROAD