Life-saving items to pack in your car this winter

Posted in General, Auto

Winter weather can produce slippery and hazardous road conditions. While not all weather-related vehicle emergencies are life-threatening, some can be if you are stranded for an extended period without proper supplies. As you are preparing for the colder temps, make sure to keep these items in your car – they may end up saving your life.

  • Windshield scraper and brush
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Blanket, gloves, hat and socks
  • Non-perishable snacks
  • Tow chain or rope
  • Emergency flares and reflectors
  • Cell phone car charger
  • Hand warmers
  • First-aid kit
  • Pocket knife
  • Sand, litter or salt
  • Shovel
  • Jumper cables
  • Lighter

Survival tips if you are stranded:

  • Call 911
  • Keep your car running for 10 minutes every hour. Crack the windows to ensure your safety.
  • If you are able and the area is safe, place emergency reflectors around your vehicle
  • Stay awake; falling asleep in a freezing car can be deadly

It’s best to take precautions and keep your car stocked in case an accident happens. Once you make your car kit, upkeep is easy.

Disclaimer: This article is for informational and suggestion purposes only.


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