What to Carry in Your Car During the Winter Months
As the seasons change and you pull out different clothing to prepare for colder temperatures, it is important to also look at what you carry in your car during winter.
Here are a few suggested items:
1. Durable ice scraper and snow brush
Cleaning snow and ice off of your car’s windshield is most likely in your future if you live in snowy winter climates, so please make sure your ice scraper and snow brush will be up to the task. Before throwing last year’s supply in, take a close look at it. These items should be replaced occasionally.
2. Warm clothing and blankets
No one really envisions getting stranded on a snowy highway, but it can happen. Be prepared with blankets, hats, gloves, and sweatshirts that could make a huge difference in how you feel while waiting out a storm or the clearing of an accident.
3. Rock salt, sand, or kitty litter
If you find yourself stuck, sprinkling rock salt, sand, or kitty litter under and around your tires can give you traction to get moving. Make sure you replenish your supply if you use it.
4. Nonperishable snacks and water
Having a stash of snacks and water is especially important if you have children. It will help to pass the time if you find yourself stuck in the vehicle for an extended period of time. It may be a good idea to have juices or other drinks besides water in case the water in your car is frozen.
5. Flashlights and sunglasses
You may need extra light on the dark winter days, or you may need eye protection from the glare of the snow in the sun. Be ready for either scenario.
6. Jumper cables, flares, and first aid kit
These items should be in your car year round regardless of what type of climate you live in. They are essentials so never leave home without them.
7. Adequate gas and windshield wiper fluid
While you can’t necessarily carry these in your car, you should be vigilant especially in the winter months to not let either your gas level or windshield wiper fluid dip low. These are common sense items any responsible car owner monitors constantly. If possible, keep your gas tank filled at or above a half tank during the winter.
What to carry in your car during winter can be the difference between warmth, safety, and comfort in a difficult situation or during a prolonged time spent in your vehicle.
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