Its that time of year when if you live in a cold climate you will need some things in your car to keep you safe during the winter season.
Depending on the terrain where you live, and how far out away from civilization you are, you may want more gear than others.
However, everyone should have a winter emergency kit.
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Below is a list that begins with the basic items everyone should have in their car.
Toward the end of the list is more extreme gear, which I recommend if you live out in the country, or will be traveling long distances.
Below Are Items To Have In Your Winter Emergency Driving Kit:
~ A Good Ice Scraper, one that extends is really handy as long as it is sturdy.
~ Lock Deicer
~ Road Salt, Sand or Kitty Litter for traction
~ Extra socks, gloves, hat, scarf, even an extra pair of shoes
~ Energy Providing Snacks such as nuts, raisins, energy bars, granola, etc.
~ Hand Shovel or Small Shovel
~ First Aid Kit
~ Tow Rope or Chain
~ Pocket Knife
~ Battery Powered Radio
~ Window Breaker
~ Seat Belt Cutter
~ Mylar Thermal Blankets
~ Magnesium Fire Starter, Matches, Candles, Lighter
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Granted we could go on and on into listing things from a wire saw to emergency food rations.
Some of these items may seem extreme for your daily driving routine but in some areas, they’re a necessity.
Everyone should have a basic winter weather kit, and some emergency preparedness items on hand.
Another thing to consider would be extra medications if you have a health issue.
Many medications cannot withstand cold temperatures, let alone freezing temps.
Stock up on what you can and never leave home during bad weather without making sure you have taken your necessary medications.
In my case, and my daughters, we have to be sure we have plenty of insulin in our pumps because of our insulin, while fine cold, is useless frozen.
Things To Remember When Driving In The Winter:
Always have a phone charger in your car.
Call AAA if you have it or any other emergency auto service you belong to.
Never heat up your car in an enclosed area like the garage.
If you become stuck, do not sit in your car with the windows up for too long. Allow yourself some fresh air even if it is cold air. This could keep you alive if your exhaust has become blocked by snow or ice!
Keeping your emergency kit in your car, rather than in a trunk can be safer. Your trunk can freeze shut.
Keep your car half full of gas during freezing weather to keep your gas line from freezing.
Do not stand outside of your car on a busy road, especially a highway. Move to a safe place.
Do you have any other items you would keep in your kit?
Do you have any safety tips you can share with us?