What to Keep in Your Car for Winter Emergencies
With snow on the way, it's always a good idea to have emergency supplies ready in your car in case you get stuck or go off the road. There's a wide range of supplies people like to keep handy for those situations, but here's what most seem to agree on:
A full cell phone battery - You never know when you're going to be in an emergency situation and should have your phone fully charged to be safe. Having a portable charger is a good idea, but check it regularly to ensure it's fully charged for when you need it.
A blanket - If you're stranded in cold weather, it may be a while before help arrives. Having a blanket will help keep you warm if your car needs to be off or doesn't have working heat.
Food and water - Having water bottles and non-perishable snacks can come in handy if you're waiting hours for a tow and haven't eaten. Water freezes in cars, so keep it inside the car with you so it can start to thaw while you drive.
A first aid kit - This comes in handy for small cuts and bruises, but you can also put emergency supplies inside for certain conditions you may have as long as the medicine can be stored in cold temperatures.
Snow removal help - from keeping a shovel in the trunk to kitty litter for traction, everyone seems to have their own ways of digging themselves out of a snowy situation. Shovels can be helpful when stuck in inches of snow and there are collapsible ones available at stores.
AAA East Central suggests keeping a full tank of gas and checking your windshield wiper fluid before heading out. Allow yourself extra time to get wherever you need to go, because you likely won't be going the speed limit or above when the roads are covered in snow and ice. Be patient with other drivers and allow extra space to stop because you could easily slide into the vehicle in front of you during winter weather.