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Winter is in full swing, and with that comes icy roads and potential emergency situations. During the winter season, it’s important to prepare for the road. Whether you live in a cold-weather area or will be traveling to one, there are a few things you’ll need to have for a winter driving survival kit. Packing everything in a durable and secure bag or box will help you be prepared to handle the road and breakdowns.

Winter Driving Essentials

The following are recommended Winter Weather Essentials to include in your winter driving survival kit. Keep this kit in your care at all times. It will be a tremendous help if you get stuck in hazardous road conditions in a remote area or in the city. 

Emergency Blanket: A blanket will keep you warm if you’re stranded. Include an additional blanket or towel to use as a pad if you need to get under your car for inspections or repairs.

First Aid Kit: It’s best to include the essentials such as bandages, adhesive tape, sterile gauze, scissors, antiseptic ointment, hydrocortisone cream, pain relievers, tweezers, cotton balls, alcohol, ice pack and thermometer.

Reflective Triangles: They make it easy to see your car in inclement weather.

Flashlight and Batteries: Your flashlight doesn’t have to be full size. A small LED flashlight will do.

Extra Batteries: Include a mix of various sizes and types for anything you may need.

Non-perishable snack foods: Pack foods with nutrients like protein bars, tuna, and legumes. Don’t forget the can opener and eating utensils!

Water: Have one gallon of water in your vehicle.

Windshield Scraper: Use a plastic scraper to avoid causing scratches in the glass.

Sand and salt: These can help your tires gain traction in the snow and ice.

Jumper cables: Make sure you know how to use them to jumpstart your car.

Road Flares: Typically these come standard in a basic roadside emergency kit, but you can also purchase them online.

Waterproof matches or candles: These can help to keep you warm, help you illuminate a dark area, or ensure that others see you on the road.

Charger for your cell phone: You’ll need to be able to call for help or listen to warnings. Keep a USB charger and cord in your car at all times.

Other Winter Road Trip Considerations

If you know that you’re going to a particularly problematic area, don’t forget essential medications, a small shovel, and a tool kit with just a few screwdrivers, a wrench, and other tools you predict you’ll need in case of a breakdown. A foldable shovel won’t take up much space if you drive a small vehicle. 

Before starting each winter trip, even short ones, make sure you have ample fuel and that your windshield wipers are in good condition. For more information on staying safe and protecting your home and business during the winter, we welcome you to contact us at The Secret Insurance Agency. Our professionals are committed to delivering smart insurance options for your current needs and helping you plan for future risks. 

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