What to Have in Your Vehicle’s Emergency Kit

January 8th, 2024 by

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It looks like we might finally be getting some real winter weather here in Wisconsin! Creating a winter emergency kit for your car is essential for staying safe during cold and potentially hazardous conditions.

Here’s a list of items you should consider including:

  1. Blankets or Sleeping Bags:
    • In case you need to stay warm while waiting for assistance.
  2. Warm Clothing:
    • Extra hats, gloves, and socks.
  3. Flashlights:
    • Pack extra batteries and consider a hand-crank flashlight for a reliable power source.
  4. Jumper Cables:
    • In case your car battery needs a boost.
  5. First Aid Kit:
    • Include basic medical supplies.
  6. Shovel:
    • For digging out snow or ice around your tires.
  7. Ice Scraper and Snow Brush:
    • Clear your windshield and windows for better visibility.
  8. Traction Aids:
    • Sand, cat litter, or traction mats can help if your car gets stuck.
  9. Tow Rope or Chain:
    • To pull or be pulled by another vehicle if needed.
  10. Portable Air Compressor:
    • Check and maintain proper tire pressure.
  11. Reflective Warning Triangles or Flares:
    • Increase visibility in case of an emergency.
  12. Non-perishable Snacks:
    • High-energy food items like granola bars, nuts, or dried fruits.
  13. Water Bottles:
    • Keep hydrated, and have enough water for drinking or in case of engine trouble.
  14. Multipurpose Tool:
    • A tool with pliers, a knife, screwdriver, and other basic functions.
  15. Battery-Powered Radio:
    • Stay informed about weather conditions and emergency broadcasts.
  16. Cell Phone Charger:
    • A portable charger or backup power bank.
  17. Extra Winter Washer Fluid:
    • Ensure your windshield remains clean.
  18. Fire Extinguisher:
    • Be prepared for any small fires that may occur.
  19. Duct Tape:
    • Useful for temporary repairs.
  20. Paper Towels or Rags:
    • Clean up spills or wipe down surfaces.
  21. Personal Items:
    • Prescription medications, important documents, and an emergency contact list.

Remember to periodically check and update your winter emergency kit to ensure that all items are in good condition and that your supplies are not expired. Additionally, familiarize yourself with how to use each item in the kit. It’s always better to be prepared for unexpected situations during winter driving!

If you need help, we’re a phone call away!

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