Winter isn’t over yet. In many areas, February and March can still bring a lot of snow and ice. If you live in an area where winter weather can wreak havoc on the roads, it’s helpful to keep some emergency supplies in your vehicle in case you get stranded or have some type of emergency while you’re away from home. Many of these items can be kept in your car year-round to help you out in case the unexpected happens due to weather or other causes.
Stay warm, safe and fed
If you’re stranded in your vehicle in freezing temperatures, you’ll need blankets and warm clothes. Keep gloves, socks, hand warmers, a warm coat and a hat. Emergency mylar blankets are cheap and they take up very little space. If you must travel during a storm, you may want to add a sleeping bag to your car. Non-perishable food items like protein bars, jerky, nuts and peanut butter, along with plenty of water, can sustain you until you can get help. Also, keep a first aid kit with basic supplies and over-the-counter medications.
Take care of your car
Keep your vehicle in good working order and try to keep your gas tank full and ensure that your tires are at the right pressure. It’s important to always have a small tire gauge, a compact air pump, and jumper cables in your vehicle. Other essentials include a basic tool kit, a flashlight with extra batteries and an emergency tire repair kit. Be sure you’re familiar with these items and know how to use them if needed.
Being stranded for any reason can be very stressful, but when you add in bad weather, the situation can be quite scary. If you’re stuck somewhere in your vehicle due to ice or snow, you may have to wait for hours for the roads to be clear enough for safe travel. It’s important to keep your car ready for any situation with the essentials you might need to stay warm and safe.