|This is what we carry in our Jeep during the winter!|
With Spring on hold and Winter Storm Stella arriving tomorrow, I guess it's not too late to talk about Winter Kits for your vehicle.
During the colder months, the ability to self-rescue, rescue a fellow motorist, or wait out in your vehicle until help arrives becomes much more important - being prepared may actually save a life or two.
Winter Car Kits
You should always carry in your vehicle some basic tools, a first aid kit, a flashlight, and your cell phone charger - but during the winter, it's time to ramp things up.
And I'm not saying you should rush out and go on a shopping spree at your local Army/Navy store. You probably have many of the following items already, just not in your vehicle.
And they don't have to be in a huge duffle bag either - all the items shown above fit easily into our Jeep - by spreading things around and utilizing the spaces under seats and in the corners of the trunk.
Here's a great list that I borrowed from MEMA that you can use to start building your own kit:
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- Charged cell phone/automobile charger
- Basic first-aid kit
- Necessary medications
- Pocket knife
- Blankets or sleeping bags
- Extra clothes (include rain gear, boots, mittens, socks)
- High-calorie, non-perishable foods (dried fruits, nuts, canned food)
- Manual can opener
- Container of water
- Windshield scraper & brush
- Fire extinguisher
- Sand/road salt/cat litter for generating traction
- Tire chains or traction mats
- Basic tool kit (pliers, wrench, screwdriver)
- Tow rope or strap
- Battery jumper cables
- Road flares/reflectors/warning lights
- Brightly colored cloth to utilize as a flag
- Road maps
For more tips on safe winter driving, visit the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) site.
Reposted / edited with permission from a Nov 22, 2014 blog.
Photo credit: PatrickOConnor.Info