You’ve put the cover on the pool, raked up the leaves, swapped summer t-shirts for winter sweaters, but have you prepared your winter car kit? Once you’ve prepared your car for winter, including installation of four winter tires, it’s important that you prepare a winter car kit in case of emergency. Winter weather is no joke and can change in an instant! We want you to be prepared so take a look at our check list to help you get a hand up on Mother Nature.
Winter Car Kit
Snow brush/ice scraper
Flashlight (with extra batteries)
Road salt, sand or cat litter
Basic tools for repairs
First Aid kit
Spare tire (make sure to check the tire pressure each month)
Emergency signaling items – road flares, warning triangles, whistle, etc.
Extra cell phone charger
Emergency phone numbers on a laminated card (in case your cell phone dies and you don’t have access to a phone book)
Extra hat, socks, mittens
Hand and foot warmers
High-energy snacks – energy bars, nuts, jerky, nut butters, crackers, trail mix
Look for a plastic container to store your winter car kit items. You can find them at your local discount store (and usually on sale).
Lastly, if you are a winter sports enthusiast traveling in the mountains or are planning a long drive across country to Grandma’s house for the holidays, consider carrying snow chains. They may be required in certain areas to drive on the road or over a mountain pass.