Are you a New Jersey car prepper? It’s time you become one
It's time to start thinking about how you would survive if your car was stuck, not working, or if you were in a line of impossible traffic caused by an accident or weather event.
Two incidents shaped my careful preparation for our vehicles.
The first was a snowstorm where it took me more than six hours to get home from the office.
The second was when I was behind a car that flipped over on the Merritt Parkway. Thankfully another driver pulled over with me and had a knife to cut the driver out of her seatbelt as smoke billowed out of the vehicle. So I stocked my cars with two items. A small fire extinguisher and a knife.
Over the past few years, we watched as motorists got stuck for hours on end in some cases nearly 24 hours, remember a year ago when 95 was shut down in Virginia? So I went out and bought coast guard approved water with a 10-year shelf life plus protein bars and kept them in the car.
It occurred to us that there's always a real possibility of being stranded in our car and having to make a long trek back home.
So, we're adding to the prepper box in the cars. Space blankets, gloves, matches, and a small backpack to carry water and food.