During winter time, it is important to keep in mind that snowstorms can often hit unexpectedly. Being prepared is the best way to stay safe. But what does it mean to be prepared?
Experts argue that when driving through snow, motorists should always have a winter car survival kit in their vehicle. This kit will offer some comfort and much needed aid when you find yourself stuck either because of a road blockade, blizzards, or other snow-related issues that force you to stay put until help comes.
Below is a list of essential items you should always carry in your car during the winter season according to the experts.
1- Makeshift Heaters
When trying to save gas and stay warm in the process, a candle-powered heater can make a huge difference. It can also help to keep you from inhaling deadly levels of carbon monoxide in case the engine’s exhaust is blocked by snow.
What you will need for this heater is a metal can, metal-cup tea lights, and a box of matches.
To use the makeshift heater, simply put the candles inside the metal can and light them up. For detailed instructions on how to store and use this device when the time comes, read this report by Consumer Affairs.
2- Flashlights, Batteries, and Cell Phone Chargers
Always have small LED flashlights in your car, extra batteries, and cell phone chargers. Keep your phone well charged, and make sure your batteries are easily accessible. When it comes to small fixes or changing a flat tire, small LED flashlights can be very useful.
3- Tools, Jumper Cables, Foldable Shovel
Foldable shovels are heaven sent when compacted snow is buried under the car or around the wheels.
Having a simple tool kit on hand will also be valuable in emergencies, especially when car troubles can be fixed with common tools such as pliers, screwdrivers, adjustable wrenches, and duct tape. Likewise, having jumper cables on hand can help you get to a mechanic if there is a problem, saving you time and money.
4- First Aid Kit
Sounds like a no brainer, but most drivers fail to carry one in their cars!
Whether you get a full, pre-packed kit from a drugstore or from online stores like Amazon or you put one together yourself, make sure you always carry a well stocked first aid kit. Over time, replace the items that are used, and check for items that might expire so you are always ready in case of an emergency.
5- Blankets, Gloves, Boots & Beanies
Depending on how bad the road conditions are, you might find yourself stuck in your car for quite some time, or needing to get out and walk. In addition to the makeshift heater, having warm blankets, gloves, boots and hats such as beanies will help you stay comfortable while you wait. Some of these items might also come in handy in case you need to spend some time outside fixing a flat.
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