Last time out in Hooked Up, on the heels of the massive Buffalo “snow-pocalypse” that left some Canadian drivers stuck for days in their trucks, I asked readers to send me a list of what can be found in their winter survival kits.
Greg Decker, an owner/operator with Mullen Group out of Airdrie, Alta., said he doesn’t even think of it as a survival kit, but he has a list of items he always carries in his truck come wintertime.
“Most of these items I take for granted as I need them for my job, but they will also keep me alive,” he said.
I think it’s a pretty complete list and worthy of a $50 Tim Horton’s gift card. Here’s what Greg keeps on-hand in the truck in the winter:
Arctic-rated winter clothing and boots
Multiple pairs of winter gloves
2 extra pairs of winter boots
A minimum of 140 gallons of diesel in the tank at all times
10-15 days worth of food
2-3 gallons of water
2 extra sets of batteries
4 battery-operated beacons
Studded Trigg tire chains
Qualcomm satellite unit
James Menzies is editor of Truck News magazine. He has been covering the Canadian trucking industry for more than 15 years and holds a CDL. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter at @JamesMenzies. All posts by James Menzies