Driving in winter weather can be extremely dangerous, but for most of the country, a winter commute in sub-par conditions is a fact of life.
Getting out during a wintery mix may be unavoidable, but it is important to know that even small amounts of snow, ice, freezing rain, and hail can lead to treacherous driving conditions, like slick, snow-packed roadways and low driving visibility. They also significantly increase the possibility of an accident.
If you know you will be traveling this winter make sure you are prepared for anything the winter weather may bring, by packing an emergency car kit to store in your vehicle.
What is an Emergency Winter Car Kit?
An Emergency Winter Car Kit is just like an Emergency Kit for your home. It is filled with contents that will help you survive in case of an emergency. The main difference between Car Kits and Kits for your Home is that Emergency Car Kits include devices made specifically for your vehicle, like tools to help you if you get stuck or stranded.
It is recommended to have one kit per vehicle. You can buy one online or make one yourself.
What to Pack in an Emergency Winter Car Kit:
- First Aid Kit
- Heavy Duty Jumper Cables
- Tow Rope
- Tire Chains or Snow Tires
- Extra Cash
- Flashlight & Batteries
- Portable Phone Charger
- Multi-tool or Knife
- Reflective Roadside Triangles
- Ice Scraper & Brush
- Portable Shovel
- Extra Gas
- Small Bag of Sand or Kitty Litter
- Warm Clothes (Coats, Gloves, Scarves, Stocking Caps)
- Sanitation Liquid or Wipes
- Water & Non-Perishable Food Items
You Could Also Include:
- Reflective Safety Vest
- Snow Boots
- Lighter or Matches
- Rain Poncho
- Distress Flags
- Duct Tape
- Small Fire Extinguisher
- Can of Sealant
- Mini Air Compressor
Winter weather can be unpredictable, and you never know when you might get stuck in a snowstorm or slide off of the road, but a well-stocked emergency kit will help you get back on the road, or at least keep you warm and safe until help arrives.
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