How to Make an Emergency Winter Safety Kit for Your Car
Thanks to cell phones, getting stranded on the side of the road in the winter is not quite as terrifying as it once was, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be prepared. Rough conditions can cause delays in getting help, and there is always a chance that your cell phone runs out of power or does not have a signal. Bad things can also happen quickly in the cold, which is why you should always be sure to keep an emergency winter safety kit in the trunk of your car. Here are some of the items that it should contain.
You’ll want to make sure that you can dig yourself out if your car goes off the road. A shovel can also come in handy if you get stuck and the snow starts to pile up on and around your car.
This is something that you should keep on hand at all times when you live in a climate where snow is common, but still something to put in your safety kit so that you know exactly where to find it.
This one is an obvious one. Many cell phones are a source of light, and even have a flashlight feature, but it can drain your battery quickly. If you need to call or text, you’ll want your phone for that, so keep the flashlight in your kit and include an extra set of batteries for good measure.
Cell Phone Charger
There are plenty of car chargers out there that you can get for cheap, and having one in your car could be the difference of life and death. Your cell phone can be used for so many things, so it is important to make sure that it stays charged. Always be sure to keep an adapter and cable in your car.
Food and Water
You never know how long you may have to tough it out in your car. To make sure that you are able to stay nourished, be sure to bring small packages of food such as energy bars, or other snacks. Water will freeze in your car, so pack small bottles that are easier to heat up and thaw out in your car.
Hats, socks and mittens should always be included in your winter safety kit, as should at least one nice, thick blanket. A sleeping bag would be even better. Again, you never know how long you might be stuck out in the cold.
When your battery is cold, it has less chance of firing up. Sometimes, a jump is all that it needs, so carry jumper cables in your trunk that can help you to give your battery the boost that it needs.
Flares and Reflectors
Whether night or day, when it is snowing, visibility is low, and to help to make sure that your vehicle is seen by other motorists, you should light flares and place reflectors around, and leading up to your vehicle. This will help incoming drivers to know to slow down, and to let them know that you need help.
Where to Get an Emergency Winter Safety Kit
If you head to your local hardware store, you’ll be able to find just about everything that we mentioned here, but if you would rather get everything that you need all at once, there are a number of compact winter safety kits for your car that can be purchased online. Amazon has many options that you can pick from for prices that are quite reasonable—especially when you consider that the kit can save your life.
For more tips and tricks similar to this, we encourage you to check out the rest of the Toyota on the Trail blog, where you will find a great deal of information about driving in winter, as well as tips for driving and caring for your car in the other three seasons. There is plenty to keep you busy. Stay safe out there!