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Winter Emergency Kit for Your Car

By Alex Woodby

 With winter officially upon us, it’s smart to start planning a winter emergency kit. No one wants to think about the unexpected but it is always good to be prepared. Here are a few tips to help you avoid stress. They may also prove to be very important in case of an emergency.

  1. When going on long car trips don’t wait until the last minute to fill your car with gas. It is smart to make sure you have at least three quarters of a tank before traveling to reduce your risk of getting stranded in the middle of nowhere with no gas stations in sight!
  2. If you get stranded you cannot always rely on your cell phone. Keep in mind that your mobile service may not provide reliable coverage in many rural areas, so you might not have service to call for roadside assistance. Check with your service provider before traveling to identify service holes, and keep spare change in case you need to use a pay phone.
  3. The best way to prevent travel trouble is by being proactive. Be sure your car’s routine maintenance is up-to-date. This includes oil changes, tire rotation and pressure checks, along with inspection and registrations stickers.

Even the best plans can be defeated by unforeseen weather or an accident. Always have these items in the car in case you need to wait for help to come.

Tips:

  • Flashlight
  • Enough water for everyone in the car
  • Blankets
  • Snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Extra cash
  • Ice scraper
  • Jumper cables
  • Extra tire and jack

Don’t let the winter weather keep you indoors! Be prepared and reduce your risk of travel woes!