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Why You Should Have a Winter Survival Kit in Your Car

There are a number of scenarios where you might find yourself in need of an emergency kit in your car, especially during the winter. You never know when you might blow out a tire, run out of fuel, or slip off the road due to snowy or icy roads.

The list below will help you prepare what you could potentially need, and remember - keep these items in your trunk, preferably somewhere with easy access to them.

  • Antifreeze/Coolant.
  • Extra fuel, a tank should be enough.
  • A first aid kit.
  • A multi-tool. That means something like a Leatherman multi-tool or a Swiss knife.
  • Jumper cables.
  • Reflective warning triangles, and/or road flares.
  • Windshield wiper fluid, ice scraper, and a brush for snow.
  • A few bottles of water, and some nonperishable snacks, such as protein bars.
  • A flashlight, and fresh batteries.
  • Blankets, or extra clothes, such as jackets, socks, hats, gloves/mittens.

The items above are simply a must, and the following are additions that you should really consider having as well:

  • Tire chains.
  • Sand or cat litter. One bag should be sufficient.
  • A folding shovel.
  • If you are planning a longer trip, you might want to have a sleeping bag and winter boots.

There are such items you should have in your vehicle at all times that are not exactly part of emergency kits but are also of the highest importance:

  • A spare tire.
  • A jack and lug wrench for changing a tire.
  • A tire gauge.
  • A fire extinguisher.
  • Paper maps and a compass.
  • Duct tape.
  • A phone charger and power brick.
  • Rags and baby wipes.
  • Tire sealant foam.
  • A box of matches or a lighter (both are acceptable as well).
  • Scissors and cord.

Hopefully, you won’t need to use your emergency winter kit, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.

If you need help preparing your vehicle for the winter, don’t waste time and contact the experts at Dave's Automotive in Stockertown, PA! We will take the best possible care for your car and you as a customer.

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