With the approach of cold and snowy weather, you can bet there’s going to be skidding and sliding on the roads. Whether it’s your vehicle sliding off the road or someone else’s, it’s in your best interest to have an emergency winter car kit. If you get stuck in the snow or on the ice make sure that you can take care of yourself as well as others that may be in a precarious predicament. Here is your Emergency Winter Car Kit checklist:
- It is not likely that you’ll be stuck in your car for a full day in the middle of a blizzard, but make sure you’re ready for a full 24 hours.
- Your best resource is the car itself. Make sure that in the winter time you keep your car above half tank. Don’t find yourself on the side of the road with an empty tank especially in freezing temperatures.
- If your vehicle doesn’t have a heat source after becoming stuck in the snow, make sure that you have an alternative. The best source to keep warm is a heavy winter sleeping bag that you can bundle up in. An extra blanket or two will be very beneficial as well. More likely than not, once your vehicle becomes stuck, you’re going to get out of the car to assess your situation and your clothes will become saturated and cold and will not keep you warm if they’re wet. Make sure that you have a change of clothes and extra winter gear such as a scarf, hat and gloves.
- Water is your next item on your checklist. If water is kept in your car it’s going to be frozen solid during the winter season. Keep it up front with you next to the heater and not in trunk so that it won’t be as likely to freeze while you’re traveling. Keep smaller bottles of water inside your car instead of large bottles because they are easier to thaw. Also consider the idea of having an emergency stove in your car to help thaw your water.
- You can go more than a day without food but you should add some non-perishable food to your kit.
- Keep a collapsible shovel in your car to remove the encasing snow. Not only will it aid you in an emergency situation but it could help someone else out as well that may be stuck.
- Make sure that your kit includes a window scraper to remove ice and snow that will block your visibility. Make sure that you remove as much snow as possible from your car. Even from your hood and roof. When you make a stop, the snow may slide down and over your wind shield or headlights blocking you view and light.
- Add a bag of salt or sand to your kit. You can use it to pour on the ice or snow to give your tires more traction.
- A First Aid Kit should always be in your car for any emergency. Not only for your winter kit but all year round. Make sure that you are adequately prepared for any emergency situation that would demand a first aid kit.
- Have a high powered, battery saving flashlight in your car at all times. In the middle of a blizzard, there’s not going to be much visibility. Not only should you use your flashlight to check how seriously your vehicle is stuck, but you can also use it signal to others to your location. Whether you’re in a ditch or far off the road, emergency personnel can assist you.
Make sure that your car is adequately prepared and maintained to keep you and your family safe this winter season. If you’re looking for some gifts this holiday season or just need some of these items to complete your list, you can find some of the necessary items at thereadyproject.com.