Emergencies happen. That’s why it is crucial to always prepare for the unexpected. By keeping a few key supplies in your car, you can have peace of mind knowing that if a winter emergency does occur, you’ll be safe. Here are some items to always keep in your car during the winter.
Flashlight and Batteries
A high-powered flashlight should be in your car all year long. This will come in handy for tire changes or other unforeseen instances where you need a little extra light. Keep a few sets of batteries for your flashlight in the glove box so they’ll stay dry.
A first-aid kit is another emergency supply item that should always be in your car. Inside your kit store band-aids, gauze, antibacterial ointment and over the counter painkillers. Have bottled water on hand as well.
Sand or Kitty Litter
Keeping a bag of sand or kitty litter in your trunk could get you out of a jam. When your car is stuck due to wet, icy or snowy conditions, laying out sand or kitty litter under your tires could help you gain traction to free your vehicle.
Gloves, Hat, Blanket and Warm Winter Gear
You never know when you might be stranded in cold temperatures, or when you encounter someone else stranded. Keep a bag full of extra winter gear in your car like a winter hat, gloves, sweatshirts and a warm blanket.
We all have an ice scraper in our car, but it’s a good idea to store an extra one in your trunk. A two-sided scraper with a brush as well is ideal in case of an unexpected snow shower while you’re out.
If your vehicle breaks down in the winter, having flares on hand will help flag someone down for help quickly. It will also keep other drivers safe so that your vehicle is visible.
Keeping these items in your car at all times during the winter will ensure that you’re always prepared for any type of winter emergency.