What to Have in Your Winter Emergency Car Kit

As you may know, driving your car during the winter season can be quite tricky. After all, there are a lot of safety hazards associated with winter driving. For starters, you can encounter visibility problems, especially when you're faced with a winter storm. Aside from that, the freezing temperatures can pose a danger to both you and your car. Hence, it is highly recommended that you never leave your home without a proper winter emergency kit stored in your car.

To help get you started on your kit, here are some items that we recommend for you to include.

Folding Shovel

If you find yourself and your car stuck in the middle of a snowstorm, a folding shovel can be a lifesaver. And what's also great about this is that it folds down into a small size so that it will fit inside your cargo area easily.

Snow Socks

Especially when you're driving in the middle of heavy snow, snow socks can help give your car the added traction that it needs to continue moving safely. In fact, they can help your car drive up a slippery hill or even extricate itself in case it gets stuck. Even better, these socks can be placed on your tires pretty easily.

Blanket and Warm Clothing

If you get stuck somewhere and you need to take shelter inside your car, a blanket will allow you to stay warm when you're trying to conserve the fuel left in your car. Aside from a blanket, also include some hand warmers, an extra pair of socks, gloves, and a warm hat in your winter kit. You'll be glad to have these items if you end up having to walk to get help.

Fix-a-Flat

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A can of Fix-a-Flat can allow you to get moving more quickly and safely and keep you from having to change a tire while out in the cold. However, keep in mind that this is not a permanent fix. Instead, it just gets you back on the road so you can take your car to a tire shop.

Flashlight

During the winter season, it can get pretty dark outside. And while your car does have headlights, it may be hard to see your way around once you park somewhere and turn off the engine. This is one case where a flashlight will come in handy. It will also keep you from wasting your phone's battery by using it as a light source.

First-Aid Kit

While out on the road, you never know what kinds of injuries you could end up suffering. Because of that, it's advisable to keep a first-aid kit in your car. A few things it should contain are antiseptic wipes, antiseptic cream, gauze pads, medical wrap, adhesive tape, and of course, Band-Aids.

Remember to take your safety seriously when you're out driving during the winter season. Keep all these items in mind when you build a winter emergency car kit of your own. Meanwhile, don't hesitate to also add other items, such as snacks and bottled water, that can help you in an emergency.