Family survival kit for winter driving

The snow and cold temperatures seem to stay in the Grand Duchy, but we still have to keep going on with our daily routines. However, driving in the snow may become quite challenging, especially if you come from a snowfree country.

If your car gets stuck in some way, forcing you and your family to spend several hours on the roadside, it’s better to be prepared.To ease your snowy experience, especially if you have kids, you should consider keeping a set of things in your car at all times.

Photo: Anje Kirsch

Photo: Anje Kirsch

Family Survival Kit

  • Some blankets, extra gloves and hats.
  • One complete change of clothes for each child.
  • Diapers and wipes.
  • Baby food.
  • Water and snacks.
  • First aid kit.
  • Car charger for your mobile phone.
  • A kid’s enternainment box, full of stuff to keep your little ones busy.
    From colouring pencils to mini-puzzles and even some sweets, you’ll know
    best what would work for them.
  • Patience – You’ll need it!

Fortunately, the snow storms in the Grand-Duchy aren’t as hard as in other
countries and most of the main roads become quite clear rapidly. However,
we should always take extra care on snowy days; the traffic jams are
inevitable and accidents do happen. Even the clearest day may turn into a
road trip nightmare, and even worse if your children become fussy.

Other tips to be safe in the snow

  • If the roads are really full of snow, you should consider staying at home
    unless you really need to get out.
  • Try to use public transportation instead of your own car.
  • Try to use the main roads as these are more likely to have been gritted.
  • Double or even triple your normal stopping distance from the vehicle in
    front.
  • In case of an emergency, remember you should dial 112 and remain calm.
  • And don’t forget your obligation of winter tyres in the Grand-Duchy!

These tips can easily be adapted to any long drive with kids to keep sane and safe!

Do you have other tips on winter driving with the family? If so, share your
tip by posting a comment below.

By Rute Vendeirinho, January 2013

Comments

  1. Funny how these tips comes from someone from a snowfree country :-). They are good but I’d like to add one important thing. A shovel. We’re not very likely to get the amount of snow here in Luxembourg as you could expect in Sweden for example, but still – if we wanna go “all prepared” a shovel is the least I’d pack. At wintertime in Sweden I always kept 2 fleece blankets, a pair of gloves and small shovel in my car. It can even come useful if you park somewhere, and the snow plough passes by and your car is stuck behind a wall of snow 🙂
    And if you are going to travel far – I’d bring a thermos with tea… If you get stuck somewhere because of an accident your car will cool down quickly… Anyway – thanks Rute for bringing this up!

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    • Basically, have tour car always loaded as if you’re going on vacations… 😉

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      • Going on vacation I’d bring more then 2 fleece blankets, a pair of gloves and a shovel…. The extra clothes and toys and stuff that Rute mentioned is a bit overkill if you ask me – unless you ARE actually going on a vacation… We’re not driving through Alaska here. 🙂

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