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A Cold Weather Emergency Car Kit Is Essential During the Winter Months


A Cold Weather Emergency Car Kit Is Essential During the Winter Months

What to Include In a Winter Safety Kit 

Winter has its advantages and disadvantages. For example, the powdery snow means you can enjoy winter sports like skiing or snowmobiling. That said, the snowy weather also makes driving a challenge, while the freezing temperatures make breaking down in your car particularly dangerous. That's why it's important to know what you should include in a winter safety kit... something you should keep in your car at all times. 

[Read more: See how Vehicle Stability Assist can help you drive straight in slick conditions.] 

To help you with this, we've put together our own list of must-have items in your winter emergency car kit. There are certainly many more things you can add to this, so feel free to personalize to meet your own needs. We recommend including in your winter safety kit: 

  • woman on cell phone next to broken down car on snow-covered roadBatteries (various sizes) 
  • Flashlight 
  • Blankets 
  • Canned/nonperishable food 
  • Water 
  • Extra hats, gloves and layers of clothing 
  • Rope and chain 
  • Jumper cables 
  • Warning triangles or flares 
  • Sand for traction in the snow 
  • A spare cell phone or spare cell phone battery 
  • Weather radio 
  • Windshield de-icer products 
  • Matches or a lighter 
  • First aid kit 
  • Pocket knife 
  • Hand warmers 

Some additional items you may consider keeping with you, but that aren't exactly necessary, include a small container of gasoline, essential car fluids, a small camping heater, a car jack, a set of basic tools and sleeping bags. 

Winter Car Maintenance Checklist 

On top of keeping a winter emergency kit in your car, it's also important to take care of a few maintenance items during the winter season. We've put together a simple checklist so that you can make sure each item receives the proper attention this time of year. 

  • Check tire pressure regularly. It may be necessary to do this once each week during the winter. 
  • Keep your fuel tank at least half full. There is some debate over whether running your tank too low in freezing temperatures can cause damage, but either way, it's a good rule of thumb so that you don't run out of gas in the frigid cold. 
  • Fill up your windshield washer fluid. Windshields get awfully dirty in the winter, so you'll want to keep this filled and possibly keep a spare jug around. We recommend checking on this every couple of weeks. 

Now that you know what you should include in a winter safety kit, be sure to put your emergency car kit together as soon as possible. Don't forget to also check back to the Wheaton Honda blog for more automotive tips and tricks. 

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