If you’re one of those people that believe in being prepared, you should have one of these in your car during winter. Of course, if you’re one of those people who believe no bad luck will ever befall you, you should wake up and smell the impending doom headed your way.
Having been caught out unprepared, well, at least a couple of times, we can categorically state that the one time you’re not prepared for it, impossible odds will conspire against you to make sure your day sucks.
An All Weather Blanket like this one from MPI is a by-product of the super insulating materials originally developed for NASA. (You know, like Tang and Velcro.) The blanket will reflect (and otherwise help retain) over 80% of radiated body heat, providing warmth and protection even in sub-zero temperatures.
For the artsy types out there, they’re available in red, blue, please-fly-over-me-and-don’t-rescue-me-olive-drab, and hunter orange. MPI says that the four-layer fabric provides up to 50% more tear and puncture resistance than you get with lesser blankets.
In reality, 90% of the time you’ll never know whether your preparation will work or not, because you won’t have to use it. The first aid kit in my vehicle hasn’t been used in the 2 years since I purchased it. But I know that as soon as I remove it from the car, I’ll sever a limb or something. Better safe than sorry.
Street price starts around $12.