As part of extreme weather readiness, people typically equip their vehicles with first aid kits and supplies in case of an emergency while traveling. However, one scenario that can be easy to forget, is considering what your vehicle should have on hand when driving in severe weather.
In addition to regular vehicle maintenance and upkeep, confirm your vehicle has weather-appropriate tires with good tread for gripping the road, and fill up your vehicle with gas before driving in winter weather conditions.
Likewise, consider assembling a winter survival kit for your vehicle. In case of an emergency situation, it could conserve your life and the lives of your passengers.
These products should always be in your vehicle:
- Vehicle manual
- First aid kit
- Jumper cables
- Tow rope
- Auto/travel tool kit
- Spare tire
- Tire repair kit
- Windshield ice scraper with brush
- Seatbelt cutter/glass breaker tool
- Flares/reflective flags
- Whistle to signify for aid
- Compass and plan
- Cell phone car charger
When driving longer distances:
- Hand-crank weather radio or battery-operated radio with additional batteries
- Flashlight with additional batteries
- Bag of cat litter for tire traction
- Rock salt to melt ice/snow
- Small shovel
- Waterproof matches and candle lights
- Needed medications
- Blankets/sleeping bags
- Additional set of clothing, gloves and hat
- Nonperishable and dried foods, energy bars
- Can opener
- Mineral water
Keeping you and your passengers safe is the main priority. When weather conditions can be unpredictable, you can rest assured your prepared for anything with a winter survival kit.