Are You Prepared for a Winter Driving Emergency?
You may have plans to drive to Vermont for a ski weekend. The temperatures are way below freezing and there is snow in the forecast. You are all packed and ready to go. But are you ready if you get in a driving accident or your car breaks down on the way?
Don’t forget to make your own winter car survival kit so you don’t get stranded out in the cold! Prepare for the worst-case scenario (especially in wintertime) by keeping supplies in your winter car kit.
Winter car preparation is crucial for staying safe in cold weather emergencies on the road. Check out the list from the folks at AAA below for 12 important things to keep in your car during winter.
12 Items to Put in Your Winter Driving Safety Kit
- Cell phone and car charger
- First-aid kit
- Drinking water/snacks for everyone in the car including pets
- Flashlight with extra fresh batteries
- Rags, paper towels or pre-moistened wipes
- Basic set of tools along with duct tape and car emergency warning devices such as road flares or reflectors
- Ice scraper/snow brush
- Jumper cables/jump pack
- Traction aid such as sand, salt or non-clumping cat litter
- Tarp, raincoat and gloves
Whether you’re preparing for your next road trip or the next season, it’s a good idea to take inventory of the items in your car emergency kit. And be sure to replenish any depleted items as needed over the year.