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What to Keep in Your Winter Survival Kit

Pack Your Winter Survival Kit

Let’s face it. We like to think we are resourceful and able to handle the curveballs of life, but let’s be real. You are not exactly the type applying for the TV reality show Naked and Afraid. You’d rather watch it from the comfort of your living room. Besides glory and a good story, the contestants don’t even win any money!

Winter is brutal and whether the result of an accident, stall or no gas, you need to keep warm and calm. Even if you have a new or newer car, Mother Nature can always bring you back to earth with a wicked snowstorm. If you plan on traveling by car during winter, why not prepare a winter survival kit?

We’ve prepared an exhaustive list of items to keep in your car during the winter. If we’re missing anything, please let us know in the comments.

In no particular order, here it is!
  1. Blankets
  2. Gloves
  3. Hand warmers
  4. Flares
  5. First aid kit
  6. Windshield ice & snow scraper
  7. Extra winter clothes
  8. Dried foods – (Jerky and granola bars)
  9. Tire sealant
  10. Flashlights
  11. Extra batteries
  12. Shovel – (Small avalanche kind)
  13. Small tool kit
  14. Candles
  15. Kitty litter – (Clay kind)
  16. Windshield wiper fluid
  17. Highway warning safety triangle
  18. Jumper cables
  19. Tire chains
  20. Tow straps
  21. Bottled water

If you need an ice scraper, stop by AutoTrek and pick one up while supplies last…for FREE! Don’t rely on CDs or a credit card for goodness sakes! If you stop by AutoTrek’s lot during January, we’ll give you a new one. Above all, stay safe out there.

If you have to travel during inclement weather –

  • Don’t use cruise control when traveling in winter conditions
  • Slow down! During winter weather conditions, speeds should be reduced
  • Extend following distances, do not expect 4WD to help you stop any faster
  • Give snow plows plenty of room and never pass on the right
  • Be prepared that certain parts of roadways may be icier than others (including on- and off-ramps, bridges, overpasses, curves)
  • Remember that commercial trucks are difficult to operate during winter conditions, and allow plenty of following distance. Larger vehicles have difficulty seeing smaller vehicles.

Happy New Year!




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