11 Important Things to Keep in Your Car During Winter
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These Emergency Supplies Can Keep You Safe
Your car keys, driver’s license, and a full tank of gas are all you need to drive around town. However, these are not the only items you need to have when driving during the winter season. When the weather’s freezing, snowy, and unpredictable, it’s critical to keep several emergency supplies in your trunk.
No matter how careful of a driver you are, you should always be prepared for the unexpected. Accidents are fairly common when you’re driving in snow and ice. Besides being extra cautious on the road, you’ll need to do tasks that you don’t regularly do such as scraping ice from your windows and shoveling snow. You also have to make sure that your tires have good traction.
Winter car preparation is key to staying safe while traveling in cold weather. It will make things easier in case you get stranded, or your automobile suddenly breaks down, or you get into a crash. Here are 11 important things to keep in your car during winter:
It’s always frustrating to come back to a car that’s covered in a thick layer of ice or snow, which is why it’s a huge must to have an ice-scraper. Store one with a long handle in your trunk so you won’t have any trouble clearing off your windows, lights, and mirrors.
2. Folding shovel
Everyone knows that a shovel is one of the most useful tools during winter. A shovel can save you when you get stuck in a mud puddle or snow pile. You can use it to dig out from around a tire that’s spinning, or for adding dirt or fresh snow to enhance your tire’s grip. We suggest you look for a foldable one to make it easier to fit perfectly in your trunk.
3. Sand, rock salt, or kitty litter
Keeping a bag of these coarse materials will help your tires gain traction if they get stuck in slush, ice, or snow. Avoid slippery situations by spreading any of these materials near your tires and in your car’s path.
4. Jumper cables
A dead battery is one of the most common issues drivers face, and the chances of experiencing this are higher during the cold season. It’s because low temperatures add more strain on auto batteries. They can turn a weak battery into a dead battery overnight. With your jumper cables in the trunk, you wouldn’t have to wait for a jumpstart in the cold anymore.
5. Reflectors or emergency flares
Whether it’s day or night, a snowstorm can reduce your visibility. If you get into a fender bender, reflectors or flares can give passing cars more time to slow down and avoid hitting your car. Plus, they can help emergency personnel locate you more quickly.
6. Blanket and extra winter clothes
Getting caught in an emergency without a few extra clothes and a blanket around can make your situation even more stressful. Be sure to leave a couple of blankets in your trunk, along with sweatshirts, boots, thick pants, warm socks, mittens, and a winter hat. You can’t always rely on your car’s heater to keep you warm.
Since it gets dark early in winter, it’s wise to keep a flashlight in your car. You’ll need it in instances where you stall or get stranded at night, or when you’re looking for something in your trunk or under the hood. You can also use it to signal approaching cars.
8. First aid kit
While a first aid kit is an item that should always be in your car all year round, you may need it in winter the most. Buy a first aid kit or make your own. You’ll never know when mishaps may strike.
9. Windshield de-icer
You can’t effectively de-ice your windshield when you have to deal with an extreme blizzard. Fortunately, a can of de-icer is all you need to solve the problem. Moreover, you can use its cap as a scraper!
10. Phone charger
Imagine what would happen if your car conks out in the middle of a deserted place and your phone battery only has 1% left — and it’s eerily dark. If the very thought of that makes you shudder (as it should), you definitely need to keep your phone charger, or perhaps even a portable battery or power bank, in your car. Even if you’ve made it a habit to fully charge your phone before hitting the road, it’s still important to bring these items whenever you’re traveling.
11. Snacks and water
Getting stuck in your car during a blizzard can happen, and waiting for rescue may take longer due to bad road conditions. Keeping a stash of healthy snacks and water in your trunk will surely come in handy in situations like this. They’re also useful during long road trips or while you’re stuck in traffic.
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