A Few Things You Should Keep in Your Car During Winter

A normal car accident or breakdown by the side of the road is a frustrating experience. However, those problems are far worse in winter because cold weather and snow can present additional discomforts and even some dangers.

Because winter is a more hazardous time of year, it pays to be more prepared than usual. As such, I would strongly encourage you to keep an emergency kit and some essentials in your car.

Emergency Supplies

There are a few things you should always keep in your emergency car kit. These include jumper cables, rope, flares, a first-aid kit, a phone charger, maps, and flashlights (with extra batteries). However, in winter, there are some other supplies worth bringing along as well.emergency car kit

One thing you should probably keep in the trunk of your car is kitty litter or sand. This can be used to provide traction for your tires during snowy conditions. Rock salt for melting snow is another option.

You may also think about buying a small, collapsible shovel. While it may not be a great option for large amounts of snow, it can help to free up your tires and can help you remove smaller quantities of snow.

Of course, you should never go without an ice scraper. In fact, make sure you pack two of them just in case you break or lose the first one.

Almost equally important is a snow brush for clearing away snow (if you don’t have a 2-in-1 ice scraper), and keep in mind that you can buy an extending version to clear off the top of your car. (Remember: In Connecticut, it’s illegal to drive with snow on your roof!)

Comfort Items

When your car is stuck somewhere, there’s no telling how long it’ll take for somebody to arrive (doubly so if you’re out of cell phone range and therefore have to rely on a passing motorist for help). Because conditions will likely be cold, it makes sense to keep a blanket or two in your car just in case you’re stuck sitting around for a while.

One thing people tend to overlook is food and water. If you’re left waiting for a few hours (which can happen) you’re bound to get hungry and thirsty. I’d suggest keeping a few water bottles in your car. If they happen to freeze, you can place them inside some blankets to help them thaw.

Likewise, you should think about stocking some non-perishable food items. This might include energy bars, nuts (assuming nobody is allergic) and other small items.

In the off-chance that you might have been caught unprepared for the weather, you could keep things like spare gloves or a spare jacket in your car.

The Biggest Essential

Of course, when driving in winter there’s one thing you’ll always want to have: A full tank of gas! If you know that a storm might be on the horizon, you’ll want to make sure that you have more than half a tank at all times.

Even if you’re well prepared for snow and ice with an emergency car kit, winter is a worrisome time of year for many drivers. If you live around the Brookfield, CT area and want to make sure that you have adequate auto insurance, be sure to give us a call today at (203) 775-2564 (because who knows what can happen tomorrow!)

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