Keep the following supplies in your car emergency kit, which will serve you well if an adverse situation arises in your automobile.
Car Emergency Kit List
Keep these items in a bag in your trunk:
- Battery– or hand-crank–powered radio and flashlight, plus extra batteries
- Booster cables
- Bottled water and nonperishable high-energy foods such as granola bars, raisins, and peanut butter
- Fire extinguisher (5-lb., A-B-C type)
- First-aid kit and manual
- Maps, shovel, flares
- Tire repair kit and pump
- Spare tire
Winter Emergency Kit List
For those in wintry areas, we advise adding these items to your standard emergency kit.
- A snowbrush and ice scraper
- A snow shovel
- A bag of sand to help with traction
- Extra windshield-wiper fluid
- A blanket, just in case
- Old winter boots and winter clothes (hat, gloves, jacket, snowpants, scarf, etc.) for the trunk
Winter Driving Tips for Car Safety
- Keep your gas tank filled above halfway to avoid emergencies in bad weather.
- Stuck on the ice without sand or cat litter? In a pinch, 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 with shaving cream. Spray and 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.
What do you have in your car emergency kit? Let us know in the comments!
If it’s balmy all winter where you live, be thankful that you don’t need all of this stuff! To see if snow and ice are predicted in your area, see our free two-month long-range forecasts or check out your local 7-day forecasts.
Be sure to find out what to have in your home emergency supply kit, too!