With fall approaching, it’s time to start thinking about what you need to keep in your emergency car kit this winter. Winter is the most dangerous time of the year to have a break down, and having the right supplies can save your life.
First, you should always have food and water in your car. Keep shelf-stable snacks like granola bars along with bottled water in your car in case you’re stuck for a long time waiting for a tow. If you don’t already have a first-aid kit in your car, get one now!
Flares can alert help if you’re stuck on the side of the road without service, so keep a couple with you. Bring blankets and a warm change of clothes, a flashlight, and a cheap pre-paid phone you keep turned off and fully charged in case your phone dies.
If you get stuck in mud or a snowbank, you’ll want to have a shovel and a bag of sand or cat litter to help you pull out. You can use the shovel to clear snow out of the way and then pour the sand around your tires to get the traction you need to pull out.
Batteries are most likely to fail during the winter, so get a pair of jumper cables, and bring tire sealant as well as the tools you need to put a new tire on if necessary. This list isn’t exhaustive, so do some research and make sure you have everything you need!