What are the most important things you need in your car during winter?
As we all know, when winter arrives, there is also a very big chance that a dramatic snowfall will follow. Yes, I know that the kid in all of us still loves the snow but at the same time, we are also aware of the inconvenience that winter snow brings.
For those who drive every day, the roads during the wintertime are considered somewhat the less-than-stellar conditions for driving. Even if you are a responsible driver, without taking precautions and preparations, sometimes, accidents and road emergencies still do happen.
Here are 15 items that I think you should consider keeping in your car during winter.
1. Emergency Survival Blankets
When you’re on the road and your car suddenly won’t start, keeping yourself warm is going to be absolutely vital. The best way to do this is by using emergency survival blankets. That is why it is a must that you always have an extra emergency survival blanket in your car whenever you go on a drive most especially during the winter.
2. Emergency Flashlights
It’s not only during winter that you need survival flashlights. They also come in handy in any emergency situations and also in everyday life. In fact, flashlights are one of the most common tools that you should always have – ready to be used in any type of situation, anytime and anywhere.
3. Pocket Jumper
The pocket jumper is a must-have and should always be present in your emergency tool kit. You can use the pocket jumper to charge anything that has a USB device on it. Plus, you can use the pocket jumper to jump start your car 20 times. How cool is that!
4. Tact Laser
Tact laser is a very important survival tool most especially if you are stuck on the road and your car won’t start. Tact laser can be used as a signal device to flag down passing motorists to get help.
5. Collapsible Fuel Container
A common reason people become stranded most especially during the winter? Running out of fuel. A collapsible fuel container will fold flat until you need it. This way, you don’t need to rely on a service station having a spare gas can available after you hike to the pump.
6. High Calorie Food Bars
This is for you. Food bars high in calories will help provide your body energy to burn and keep you warm.
7. Water Filter
When your car is stranded due to a heavy blizzard, there is a possibility that you will run out of drinking water. That is why having an emergency portable water filter is very important because you can never be sure that drinking water from creeks and rivers are safe and without impurities. With the help of water purification filters, you can at least rest assured that the water you are drinking is filtered, purified, and 100 percent clean.
8. A Shovel
When your car tires are stuck in the snow, there is no better tool to use to dig them out than a shovel.
9. A wind -up Pocket Radio
Pocket radio lets you keep tab with the weather regardless of whether or not you have electricity in your car. A simple winding will do the trick and let you know when conditions have improved and what the states of roads are.
10. First Aid Kit
While it’s always a good idea to have a first aid kit in your car, it’s especially important to have come winter. Having a first aid kit will provide quick fixes to minor injuries.
11. Road Flares
If you have an accident on icy roads, you’ll want to give others driving on the road as much warning to watch their speed as possible, not only to keep you safe, but to prevent them from losing control on the same stretch of road you did.
12. Extra Winter Clothes
Extra winter clothes will help you keep warm most especially if you need to leave your vehicle.
13. Spare Fully Charged Cell Phone
Having a spare fully charged cell phone will allow you to call 9-1-1 in a pinch. Keep this wrapped up in the blankets so that it’ll be likely to survive a crash without suffering irreparable damage.
14. Extra Batteries
For the flashlight and the radio (assuming you don’t have a wind-up one) are vital. The last thing you want to do is to get stuck, pull out the radio or the flashlight, flip them on, and find that they don’t work.
15. Spare Tire
Check your spare and make sure it is aired up. Make sure you have all the pieces for your jack as well; sometimes they get lost.
All of these tools will help you survive if unfortunately, you find yourself in a winter weather accident.