A depression, called Irène, is announced by Météo-Europe over a large north-eastern quarter of Europe for Wednesday, with risk of snow and ice. What precautions should you take if you have to take the car to get around? This is the ideal survival kit to have with you, according to Dr. Gérald Kierzek, emergency physician and medical director of TipsForWomens.
Around ten centimeters of snow and a risk of black ice are announced for tomorrow, Wednesday January 17, by Météo-Europe over a large north-eastern quarter of the country. If you plan to travel by car, it may be recommended to put together a small survival kit, which will be useful in the event of a breakdown or accident.
Consider taking a “survival kit” with you
When the weather gets bad but you have to travel by car, it can be useful to have a few practical items with you. Dr. Gérald Kierzek, emergency physician and medical director of TipsForWomens, gives us the list:
- Blankets, possibly survival or thermal, or a sleeping bag so you can sleep in your car if necessary;
- Warm clothes, which will be used to cover you if you have to wait for long hours in the car;
- Non-perishable food: this can be biscuits or dried fruit, instant soup;
- Bottled water;
- A first aid kit with your essential medications;
- A phone charger and an external battery;
- A flashlight and spare batteries;
- A small snow shovel and salt, to melt the ice and clear the wheels of your car;
- What you need to restart your car (cables, etc.)
Be careful before hitting the road
These elements will allow you to wait more comfortably in the event of a breakdown or accident and to notify your loved ones as well as emergency services if necessary. Finally, the doctor reminds, “check the weather before going out, inform your loved ones of your itinerary and only travel if necessary..