Winter Car Emergency Kit

These chilly fall temperatures sure do make it seem like winter is coming sooner than ever! When snowfall strikes and you find yourself in a roadside car emergency, you want to make sure you’re as prepared as possible. We’ve put together this list that includes everything you need should you find yourself in an emergency.

  1. Charged cell phone: This can be the difference between finding help right away and having to wait for help to find you.
  2. First-aid kit: As well as an assortment of Band-Aids, it should include adhesive tape, gauze pads, aspirin, antiseptic wipes, antiseptic cream or ointment, and anything particular to you or your family.
  3. Fire extinguisher: It should be rated for Class B and Class C fires by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). The NFPA says Class B fires are those that involve flammable or combustible liquids, such as gasoline, diesel fuel and kerosene. Class C fires involve energized electrical equipment such as switches, panel boxes and batteries.
  4. Three reflective warning triangles: Place them 50 feet apart from each other to warn oncoming traffic.
  5. Tire gauge: Use this to check the air pressure in your spare tire, as well. Don’t wait until you need it just to find that the spare is flat too!
  6. Foam tire sealant: A quick, inexpensive way to repair many flats without having to change the tire.
  7. Jumper cables: They should be at least 10 feet in length and with at least 8-gauge rubber.
  8. Flashlight and extra batteries: The flashlight should be waterproof.
  9. Gloves
  10. Rags
  11. Duct tape: It can certainly be the universal fix-it solution. Carry at least 10 feet of it.
  12. Tow strap or tow rope: It should be strong enough to carry 6,000 pounds.
  13. Multipurpose utility knife: This can be something such as a Leatherman Tool or a Swiss Army Knife.
  14. Rain poncho: Even a cheap plastic poncho can be better than nothing when changing a tire in the rain or the wet snow.
  15. Drinking water
  16. Nonperishable snacks: Protein bars are a good choice.
  17. Warm blanket
  18. Snow shovel
  19. Cat litter: It works as well as sand beneath the tires for friction, but weighs less.
  20. Windshield ice scraper
  21. Reflective jacket/vest: Better to be safe than sorry when doing any quick roadside repairs.
  22. Tire chains: These will provide maximum traction when driving through the snow and ice.
  23. Boots: If you need to get out of your car to look around, do a repair, etc., you’ll want to have proper equipment to do so.
  24. Road flares: This will help flag down potential help.
  25. Tool kit: Even if you are not able to perform basic car repairs, someone who stops to help may know what to use and how to fix it.
  26. Hand/foot warmers: Good source of heat if you are not able to get any from elsewhere.
  27. Entertainment: Especially if you’re with kids, having a way to entertain yourself or take your mind off the situation can help (book or a deck of cards).

In addition to having these items in your car, it is also important to remember to secure everything well. Should you get in an accident, it will be dangerous having these items flying around in your car. We suggest getting a plastic storage bin to put everything in and securing that somewhere in your car.

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