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By this, we want you to be prepared in case you ever have the misfortune of dealing with a broken down car on the side of a snowy, cold, and dark road. No matter your situation, having a cold weather emergency kit on hand will help ease the burden at hand.
Below are some basic items to include in your fall & winter emergency kit. Everything included is cheap and should be very easy to find in convenience and auto stores.
Simply put, you can’t count on your defroster to remove all the ice on your windshield. We suggest investing in a quality ice scraper that you can depend on and keeping it on hand too.
In the event of having to wait outside in the cold, a blanket (or coat) will absolutely be necessary. You never know how long you’ll be waiting, so we recommend carrying everything you can -- gloves, an extra jacket, hat, and anything else you’ll need to keep yourself and others warm.
A flashlight (and extra batteries) will come in handy if you ever have to work on your car in the dark. While most smartphones come with flashlight features, it doesn't hurt to carry around another source of light.
When you’re truly in a bind, you won’t be able to depend on strangers to be carrying cables. Jumper cables are cheap and could mean the difference between getting your started by a helpful individual or paying a tow truck to do it.
This is a product that aids in regaining traction when your car is stuck on ice and can be found at auto stores. Cat litter also works as a substitution if you are unable to find any.
First Aid Kit
You should always have a first aid kit on hand despite weather conditions. An ideal first aid kit should include supplies to treat small wounds and other items such as scissors, safety pins, disposable gloves, etc.
Spare Tire and Tools
While it is always recommended to carry a spare, we wanted to emphasize this once again. Would you be able to change a spare? Be sure to touch up on this!
Water and Snack Bars
As we’ve mentioned, you never know how long you are going to have to wait for help, so it doesn’t hurt to bring snacks for yourself or other passengers.
We hope you never have to touch your fall & winter emergency car kit, but if you ever do find yourself in a sticky situation, at least you will have this to lean on. Of course in the event of a true emergency where your safety or health is in risk, call 911 immediately. Make sure to stay away from passing traffic and make yourself as visible as possible.
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