Winter is right around the corner, and we all know how unpredictable the weather can be during this time. Although we don’t really have to deal with the snowfall here in Texas, we do have readers from around the country, which is why we’re putting together a list of items to keep in your car to stay safe this winter. Even if you’re in a southern state, snow can happen at any time, so it’s better to be prepared in case of an emergency.
To start, you’ll want to find a bag to store these belongings. A backpack or duffle bag can easily fit into your trunk without taking up too much space, but it will also help to keep these necessities neatly stored and out of the way. Let’s check out the list and get this kit together before the weather takes a turn for the worst!
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How-To: Make An Emergency Roadside Kit For Winter
- First Aid Kit – This is one of the most important aspects of the roadside package because it doesn’t have to be winter for this to come in handy. If you prefer to buy a premade kit, that would work just fine. Otherwise, gather the following: bandages, antiseptic solution, pain relievers, scissors and latex gloves.
- Tool Kit – Here is another part of the kit that could come in handy regardless of if there’s snow falling or not. These are just a few ideas to get your tool kit started: duct tape, pocket knife, jumper cables, car jack, screwdriver, wrench and hammer.
- Warm Clothing – Now we’re getting to the good stuff – warm clothing is key for if you’re ever stranded on the side of the road during a snowstorm. In order to avoid hypothermia, it’s important to stay dry and warm. Pack blankets and hand warmers as well as extra gloves, hats and socks.
- Help-Seeking Devices – If you’ve ever been in a blizzard, you understand firsthand what we mean by whiteout conditions. Here are a few items to assist you in seeking help during this time: flashlights with batteries, flares, whistle and reflective triangles to set up around your car.
- Winter Essentials – When temperatures are below freezing, it’s always important to make sure you have more than a half tank of gas so your gas line doesn’t freeze. If you have room for a shovel, throw that in the cargo space as well. An ice scraper and a brush are crucial as well as antifreeze.
We hope that these ideas help you make the best winter roadside emergency kit to keep you safe traveling this winter. More information is available by contacting our team here at Certified Autoplex. Be sure to stay tuned to our blog for more safety tips and tricks.