12 Life Saving Items to Keep in Your Car This Winter

By Madison F.

Picture this: it’s late at night and you are stranded on the side of the road. Snow is falling around you, and your car won't start. There is no heater, and your phone is dead. With the following twelve things in your car you will be better equipped to help yourself, and/or wait out the storm until help arrives.

  1. Ice Scraper and Brush: Being able to see out your windows is crucial when driving. By having an ice scraper you will be able to better see out your windshield and other windows.
  2. Shovel: A collapsible shovel is small enough to fit in your car, and can be a life saver to help you if your car gets stuck.
  3. Warmth: If your car dies so does your heater. In winter time this can be deadly, especially if you have no way to stay warm. Whether that's with a blanket or extra clothing stored in your car, ensure there is a way to keep your body warm.
  4. First Aid Kit: Accidents and injuries happen all year round, and this is an item you would ALWAYS want to keep in your car. Ensure that you have a first aid kit to help with all the minor injuries that could occur.
  5. Flashlight: Being able to see could mean the difference between being stranded or fixing the issue on your car. Either have a flashlight that is rechargeable or store extra batteries with it. If you have access to a radio as well that is even better. Also consider a headlamp as this will give you the freedom to use both hands if needed.
  6. Cell Phone Charger: If you have access to your phone, then odds are you will be able to call for help. Having a way to charge your battery can help you get that lifesaving help.
  7. Kitty Litter, Sand, or Rock Salt: It is easy to get stuck in the snow, and having no traction will cause your tires to keep spinning getting you more stuck. Having rock salt, sand, or kitty litter can give your tires the traction they need to be able to get out.
  8. Tow Rope: If you are stuck in snow, and you have tried everything you can think of to get out, a tow rope might on of your last chances.
  9. Tool Kit: Having access to a tool kit can help you solve the basic issues you car may have.
  10. Spare Tire: No matter the time of year, make sure you have a spare tire in case you get a flat.
  11. Chains: Having access to put chains on your tires can help you when the roads are particularly icy, and can help you get out of other slippery situations.
  12. Jumper Cables: One common cause of vehicles stalling is a drained battery, and the cold can effect your battery even more. By having jumper cables, and access to another car, you will be able to jump start your car back to life.

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