11 Items to Keep in Your Car This Winter

January 7, 2019 | by

Snow and ice has the potential to create chaos on the roads for drivers.

Traveling in poor road conditions can be dangerous and potentially life-threatening, especially if you become stranded. Expert advice says to avoid traveling in poor conditions, but if you must, there are some steps you can take to prepare yourself.


According to this article in USA Today, the following 11 items are must-haves:

1. A cell phone

2. Portable charger

3. Jumper cables

4. Blankets

5. Extra layers of clothing such as hats, coats and mittens

6. A flashlight

7. Extra batteries

8. A first-aid kit

9. Water and nonperishable snacks

10. A windshield scraper

11. A shovel


It is also important to remember to make sure your car is ready. To ensure full visibility and a comfortable trip, check the following before driving in inclement conditions:

  • Keep a full gas tank

  • Make sure your antifreeze levels are sufficient

  • Ensure that the heater and defroster work properly

  • Check fluid levels and brake pads

For more safety precautions, visit the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s winter weather checklist and Department of Homeland Security’s car safety page.

For more information, refer to the original USA Today article here


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