Be prepared for winter driving by preparing an emergency car kit and keeping it in the vehicle. The basic emergency kit for cars should include the following items:

 

  • Food that won’t spoil, such as energy bars
  • Water in plastic bottles so they won’t break if frozen (change every six months)
  • Warm blanket
  • Extra clothing and shoes
  • First aid kit with seatbelt cutter
  • Small shovel, scraper and snowbrush
  • Candle in a deep can and matches
  • Wind-up flashlight
  • Whistle (in case you need to attract attention)
  • Roadmaps
  • Copy of your emergency plan and personal documents (also keep these inside your trunk)
  • Sand, salt or cat litter (non clumping)
  • Antifreeze/windshield washer fluid
  • Tow rope
  • Jumper cables
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Warning light or road flares