From the West Coast to the East Coast, and most definitely in the MidWest, this winter — and we’re only 2 months in — has been brutal. There have been people stuck on the highway or have gotten into a car accident. I live by the motto, “Better Safe Than Sorry” so I’ve created this Winter Car Safety Kit for you all to use. If you’re not sure about certain things check out your owner’s manual or visit your local car dealer for more information.
Winter is tough on vehicles and travel. Snow, cold temperatures, ice, slush and salt play havoc on a vehicle and our driving. The odds of having an emergency on the road, is much greater in winter than in any other three seasons. It’s important to keep a kit in your car with all the things you are likely to need.
It is also important to follow some basic driving tips for when you are driving through harsh weather. Check out the list below, print it out and have it you for reference. It’s always better to err on the side of caution.
Some Winter Driving Tips:
- Keep your gas tank filled above halfway to avoid emergencies in bad weather.
- If you’re stuck on the ice without sand or cat litter, you can take the mats out of your car, place them next to the tires, and slowly inch the car onto and across the mats.
- To restore proper windshield wiper blade action, smooth the rubber blades with fine sandpaper to remove any grit and pits.
- Gently rub a small, moistened, cloth bag of iodized salt on the outside of your windshield to prevent the ice and snow from sticking.
- Fog-proof your mirrors and the inside of your windshields. DIY Tip – with shaving cream. Spray & wipe it off with paper towels.
- Avoid driving when you have the flu, which can reduce your reaction time almost six times as much as moderate alcohol intake.
For Basic Emergency:
- Battery-powered radio, flashlight, and extra batteries
- Booster cables
- Bottled water and nonperishable high-energy foods such as granola bars, raisins, and peanut butter
- Fire extinguisher
- First-aid kit and manual
- Tire repair kit and pump
- Spare tire
For Winter Driving
- A snow brush and ice scraper
- A bag of sand or kitty litter to help with traction
- Extra windshield fluid
- Old winter boots and clothes for the trunk
- Snow shovel
- Hand warmers
Being prepared is only half the battle during the Winter months. It’s always better safe than sorry, and you wouldn’t want to be in a situation where you’re not prepared at all. Happy Travels and Safe Driving.