Harsh winter weather can create slick, snowy and all-around dangerous roadways when you least expect it. Stock up your car trunk with the following essentials to help you weather even the toughest winter storms.
1. Tire Chains or Snow Socks
When your tires need a bit of extra traction to break through built-up snow and ice, tire chains or snow socks (fabric socks molded to fit the shape of your tires) can be a savior.
Attach to your tires and note the difference in how your car rides through snow.
2. Windshield De-Icer
When a wintry mix hits, you’ll be glad you have a bottle of this on hand. Break down ice build up on your windshields to keep your line of sight clear.
3. LED Flashes or Flares
Blowing snow can make it hard to see the road in front of you. This means it can be hard for others to see you. Should your car stall or get stuck in a snow disaster, LED flashes or flares could be just what you need to be seen.
When your tires start to spin, use your shovel to dig yourself out of a snow bank.
5. Kitty Litter
For additional traction, sprinkle a little bit of kitty litter between the snow and your tires. For short distances, this alternative use for a common household item could be a serious lifesaver.
Winter weather is hard to manage at any time of day, but nighttime is definitely the worst. Carry a spare flashlight for a little extra light when you need it most.
7. Spare Phone Charger
If an emergency arises, you’ll want to have access to something that connects you to the outside world. Don’t get stuck with a dead battery. Carry a spare phone charger in your car so that you’re always accessible and ready to call for help.
8. Non-Perishable Snacks
Once stuck in the snow, you may not know how long you’ll have to wait for help. Keep a few non-perishable snacks and water bottles on hand just in case.
9. Candles and Matches
To conserve fuel, it’s common to switch off your car’s power if you’re stranded. While you wait for help to arrive, crowd around a candle or two for warmth.
10. Thick Blankets
For extra warmth, bundle up! Store a few extra blankets (the thickest you can find!) to stay warm as the temperatures drop.
Plan Ahead to Stay Safe on the Roads
Simple preparation can make all the difference between surviving an emergency situation and getting stuck in serious trouble. Take some time to pack a kit of the goodies listed above to ensure you make it home safe.
What items do you keep on hand to battle winter roadways? Share in the comment section below.
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