Working from home means that I’m not on the road nearly as often as people with “normal” jobs, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t drive. And since I live in Pennsylvania (hello, winter!); and in a rural area where the nearest gas station is 5 miles away; and I have two young children; and both of our vehicles are now older/high mileage (one is a 2005 Hyundai with 116,000 miles on it, and the other is a 2002 Kia with 134,000 miles on it), you better believe I take emergency roadside preparedness seriously. You never know when an accident or a breakdown will take place, and especially for those with families to look out for, it just makes sense to be prepared in the event of an emergency.
But are you prepared? What about your fellow drivers? According to a recent survey, only 9% of drivers have in their vehicles all of the essential items for a roadside emergency (flashlights, hazard triangle, road flares, water and blankets, a first aid kit, etc.). Even more alarming is that 35% of parents surveyed admit to keeping “junk” items, such as toys or even items they want to keep hidden from their children, in their trunks (whereas less than 1 in 10 people without children have junk in their trunk).
The results? Most Americans won’t be prepared in the event of a roadside emergency, simply because they won’t have adequate supplies on hand. State Farm is doing their part to educate all drivers (not just their insured ones) on the importance of being safe and prepared, especially in the winter. Their Winter Driving Survival Guide is a must-see, as it outlines all that you’ll need in your trunk for a roadside emergency. Additionally, the Survival Guide also covers what to do in an emergency, and how to do your part at preventing roadside breakdowns (such as checking up on your belts and spark plugs, testing your battery, keeping your gas tank at least half full at all times, avoid cruise control on icy roads, etc.).
Here’s a great video from State Farm that highlights winter road safety and emergency preparedness:
State Farm is going to help out one lucky In My Bag reader by sending them a fully-loaded emergency preparedness kit!
- Start date: 02/01/13
- End date: 02/08/13
- Giveaway is open to U.S. entries
- Winner will be notified via email, and has 48 hours to respond.