Winter Emergency Kit for Your Car

The late November snowstorm caught many people off guard.  The winter storm was very slippery and produced much more snow than was originally anticipated.  If that wasn’t enough of a warning that you should have a winter emergency kit already packed and, in your car, then I’m here to tell you that an emergency kit is a must.  If you should become stranded while driving or unable to return home due to a disaster, here’s a short list of items that you should consider putting into your emergency kit.

  • Cell phone car charger
  • Drinking water
  • Blankets and extra warm clothing, hats, and gloves
  • Cat litter or sand to provide traction
  • Snow shovel
  • Windshield ice scraper
  • Duct tape
  • Fire extinguisher
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Foam tire sealant
  • Jumper cables
  • Multipurpose utility tool
  • Nonperishable snacks
  • Portable electric tire air pump
  • Rags
  • Reflective warning triangles or roadside flares
  • Tire pressure gauge
  • Tow strap or tow rope

While we still can’t predict the weather with 100% accuracy, by keeping an emergency kit in your car at all times, you’ll at least be prepared for the unexpected.  Safe driving!