Most people know that they need to have some kind of emergency kit at home. You need to be prepared for just about any kind of emergency because you never know when something is going to come up. It is the same way for your car. There are certain things that you should have in your car, no matter if you are going on a road trip or just going down the street. You should always be prepared. While some cars are known to be great in bad weather, like a Subaru, all cars should be prepared. Here are the things that I keep in the trunk of my car, especially during the winter to make sure I am prepared.
- a blanket- If you break down and can not use the heat in your car, you should have a blanket to keep warm.
- an ice scraper- Even if it was not cold enough for ice and snow when you left the house, it might be when you get back into your car from wherever you go.
- a flashlight
- jumper cables- Don’t rely on someone else to have them if you have a dead battery and need a jump. If the only person who stops to help you doesn’t have a set in their car, you could be waiting for a long time to get your battery a jump.
- flares- If your car breaks down, and you are on the side of the road, flares can help people see you but also know that you are in distress.
- a spare tire with air in it, and the tools to change it with
- Kitty litter, the non-clumping kind, or another abrasive material like sand. If you get your tires stuck on ice, having these things can give you the traction you need in order to get unstuck. Also, just having them in the back of your car gives you more weight and helps you slip less.
- Tire chains are another great idea to help when the roads are slippery or you are getting stuck
- windshield washer fluid and if possible windshield wipers
- extra boots, gloves and a set of warm clothes- You never know if you will stuck on the side of the road for a while. Having hats and gloves makes the waiting a little more comfortable. Warm clothes means you are prepared if you are stuck waiting for a while or if your clothes get wet while waiting or fussing with the car, you are not stuck in wet clothes in the cold.
- extra water and food, including hard candies and high calorie snacks- If you are stuck waiting on the side of the road or until a storm blows over, these can make the wait easier. Having your blood sugar drop or becoming dehydrated can lead to larger issues.
- a small shovel
- a tool kit
- a first-aid kit with paper towels
Whenever possible, be sure to keep the gas tank as full as you can to prevent the gas lines from freezing. Don’t get caught unprepared. Keep your car ready for an emergency this winter.