When winter hits, as much as we would all like to hibernate in our homes for 4 months, we are forced to live out our daily lives as normal; this includes driving to work and other routine activities. Snow, ice and sleet have quite an impact on driving, and present a hazard for everyone on the road. This is why it is smart to keep an emergency kit in your car in case an unexpected situation arises.
What should you keep in your kit? We list some recommended items here:
- BLANKET. If your car breaks down and you are stuck on the side of the road, wrapping yourself in a blanket will make the wait for help a little more bearable.
- HAND WARMERS. These are helpful for the same reason as a blanket. You can find them at camping and outdoor retailers.
- FLASHLIGHT. This can help you in a variety of situations when having car trouble at night. Keep an extra set of batteries in your kit as well.
- MATCHES. As a backup for a flashlight, or a supplier of heat.
- SHOVEL. A shovel with a shorter handle should be sufficient. If your car gets stuck driving in some snow, you will be grateful to have a shovel to dig your wheels out.
- WATER AND SNACKS. A few granola bars will be extremely useful if you are stuck for an extended period of time. Don’t forget the water — it is even more important than food.
- SYPHON PUMP. When you run out of gas, this pump can be a lifesaver to remove some gas from another vehicle and transfer it into your own.
- FLARES. You should have these in your vehicle any time of year, in case your car won’t start and you are stuck in a remote location.
- WHISTLE. Like flares, this can come in handy during any season if you are stuck somewhere and need to call for help.