Ten Things You Should Have in Your Car This Winter

winter roadIt is always important to make sure you are prepared for the winter weather, especially with all of the driving we do.  Here are some things that you may want to keep in your car in case of an emergency this winter.

  • Ice Scraper – not only do most of these hand held scrapers get the ice off your frozen car, but most come with a brush now as well to wipe snow build up.
  • Flashlight – You can buy an inexpensive LED flashlight at your local home improvement store.  If you are in a dark area with now lights, this could be a life savor.
  • Small Tool Kit – This does not mean you need an entire tool box of tools.  Just the essentials that may help.  This may differ from person to person but a few wrenches, a socket and set, pliers and channel locks may come in handy.
  • Hat and Gloves – You may wear a hat and gloves every time you go out but it may be a good idea to keep an extra pair of gloves and a hat in your car in case of an emergency.
  • Windshield Wiper Fluid – If you do not check your fluids regularly you may want to keep an extra bottle of windshield wiper fluid in your car.  You’ll be glad you did if you run out and ice and snow is building up on your windshields.
  • Compact Shovel – If you have the room, place a small shovel in your trunk.  Folding shovels are available as well.  In case you get plowed in with snow or if you just need to shovel your tire out it will be useful at some point.
  • Bag of Sand – Sand may not seem very helpful but if you get stuck on ice, you can add a little sand around your tire to help get traction.
  • Blanket – Blankets are great if you are stranded.  It may be easier to make sure you are bundled up for the weather before you go out but a blanket can be a life saver.
  • Jumper Cables – You may not need to jump your car but someone inevitably will.  Jumper cables will come in handy this winter for many folks.
  • Spare Tire and Jack – Make sure you have a spare tire and jack in your car.  If you are not familiar with replacing a tire go to your local AAA and take a class.  Changing your tire quickly will get you and your family safely back on the road.

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