Winter Emergency Kit

June 1st, 2016

Driving in Winter: Always Be Prepared

Driving conditions are always unpredictable. However, winter care emergencies and weather-related accidents and delays can keep you stranded in the cold for hours.

Thats why its good to prepare a winter emergency kit. If you breakdown, have an accident, face a long delay or just have to wait for roadside assistance, these items will be good to have at your disposal:

  • Cell Phone: Probably the most important item in your kit.
  • Bag of sand, salt or cat litter: You can use this under your tires for better traction.
  • Shovel: In case you need to remove snow from around your tires.
  • Flashlight and extra batteries.
  • Blankets and/or sleeping bags.
  • Lighter or waterproof matches.
  • Non-perishable food: Try items such as high-energy protein bars or a nut and raisin trail mix.
  • Empty coffee can and votive candles: In case you need to melt snow for water.
  • First Aid Kit.
  • Spare tire and tools to change a flat tire.
  • Jumper cables
  • Ice scraper.
  • Tow chain or strap.
  • Warning devices (flares or reflective triangles).
  • Extra hat, mittens, and socks.
  • Compass and atlas / map.
  • Necessary medications.
  • Plastic bags for sanitation.
  • Small toolkit: Include pliers, wrench, screwdriver, pocket knife, etc.
  • Cards, games and other items to pass time.
  • Extra quart of oil.
  • Emergency cash (about $20).
  • Emergency contact list (in the event you are unable to provide this information).
  • Empty gas can.