What You Should Have in Your Car Emergency Kit During the Winter?

As the weather grows colder and the snow starts to pile higher, it’s important to make sure you keep yourself as safe as possible while out on the road. So what can you do protect yourself in case of a car emergency?

Beyond abiding by traffic laws and ensuring that your car is regularly maintained,  most of what you can do to protect yourself from the elements comes from being proactive. That’s why we want to help you ensure you’ve got all the necessary tools with you at all times to keep yourself safe.

Items to Help You Protect Yourself:

  • Try to keep a number of unopened water bottles in your trunk at all times
  • Non-perishable food items like granola bars, peanut butter, and dried fruit/nuts
  • A Warm Blanket
  • A First Aid Kit

Items To Help You Create Shelter:

  • An Emergency Candle and Lighter to keep you warm without needing to leave the engine on if you’re stranded (Tealights are a good option)
  • A Battery Powered, Hand Cranked, or Solar Powered Radio
  • Spare Batteries
  • An Extra Phone Charger and a list of emergency contact numbers
  • Flares
  • A Flashlight
  • A Safety Warning Reflector sign to let oncoming traffic know you need assistance

Items to Help Get Your Car Back on the Road:

  • Emergency Cash (Even $40 dollars in a plastic sandwich bag taped to the inside of your trunk can help in an emergency)
  • Antifreeze
  • Booster Cables
  • Ice Scraper
  • Windshield Wiper Fluid
  • Shovel
  • Map
  • A Bag of Sand or Non-Clumping Cat Litter for traction if you’re snowed in.

Want to know what else you can do to prepare for a car emergency? Here’s more information from the Government of Canada.

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