Items You Should Have in Your Car This Winter

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Set of basic necessities - Car Emergency KitEvery driver should keep a basic emergency kit in his or her vehicle. The kit usually includes items displayed on the image: fire extinguisher, first aid kit, warning triangle and jack.

Remember, winter can be a rough time for your vehicle with the cooler temperatures and rough road conditions. With this in mind, by having a winter car emergency kit with you at all times it is a good way to help you get out of jams and keep you safe. Here are some of the items to include in this kit.

Spare phone charger: If you ever breakdown you know how important it can be to get a hold of someone. However, if your phone has a low battery, this may take away that option. While car chargers can keep your phone’s battery full, if your car battery goes dead that negates that option. Instead, Popular Mechanics recommends buying a crank charger.

Roadside assistance: Roadside assistance is great to have when some issues arise. They can offer you useful services such as changing your tire, charging your battery and even towing a car to a shop for service. If you have a newer vehicle, it’s important to check your manufacturer’s warranty to see if you have roadside assistance. Further, if you are not under warranty, then you can look into buying an extended auto warranty, as these policies can include roadside assistance.

Flashers or Flares: If you have to pull over in snowy conditions, having flashers or setting out flares is a good way to alert drivers to your location. Furthermore, in special instances you can use flares to start a fire. Ultimately, either of these are imperative to have as it can keep you and other motorists safe.

Blankets– Blankets are a great way to warm up when you are waiting for help. If your engine can run, you might be tempted to use it to stay comfortable. However, it’s important to keep in mind that exhaust can find its way into your vehicle’s interior which can create a life threatening situation. Therefore, by having blankets and gloves on hand, it can keep you warm while you wait for help.

Windshield De-icer– This works well to keep your windshield clean even in cooler conditions. When winter weather strikes, it’s a good idea to keep an extra bottle or two in the vehicle, as you will go through it quickly.

Shovel– A shovel is inexpensive, easy to store and can be a blessing if your vehicle becomes stuck in the snow.

First Aid Kit: Regardless of the season, it’s imperative to have a first aid kit on hand for emergencies. You can buy these at local department stores. As part of your first aid kit, be sure to store some food such as energy bars and water in your vehicle just in case you have to be in there for a prolonged period.

By storing these items in your car, they can help you stay safe during winter car emergencies.

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Sue Rogers has been working and writing for automotive industry for seven plus years and is excited to share her knowledge and experience with you.