During the winter season, the odds of you and your family having a driving emergency is much greater than in any other season. That is why keeping a winter survival kit in your vehicle can be the difference between life and death.
Here is a list of things to keep in your car this winter:
- Have a blanket or a sleeping bag in case you are stuck with a vehicle that won't start in the cold. This will keep you warm while you wait for help.
- A short-handled metal shovel is a good thing to have in case you need to remove snow from around the wheels of your car or chip off ice.
- Have a good-sized, water-proof flashlight with fresh batteries and have candles and matches as a back up.
- Hand and toe warmers are something to keep in your survival kit to defrost fingers and toes in case you have to stand outside for a long period of time.
- Keep a basic first-aid kit in case you or a passenger gets injured.
- Have bottles of water and snacks that will keep you fueled in case you are stranded.
- Keep a siphon pump that will allow you to get gasoline from another vehicle.
- Have light sticks and flares in your trunk. These can be used to let people know you are on the side of the road and people will be able to see you at night.
- Keep a whistle in case you need to signal someone for help.
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