Essential Items for Your Winter Emergency Car Kit

November 29, 2023 | Rhiannon Fleming


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Winter is just around the corner, and you know what that means: icy roads, blizzards, and unexpected breakdowns. Fear not! Here are the essential items you should have in your winter emergency car kit so you'll be ready to tackle any winter road adventure while staying safe and warm: 

Warm Clothing, Blankets and Hand Warmers: 
First things first, let's talk about staying warm. Make sure to pack extra layers, including hats, scarves, gloves, and thermal socks. If you find yourself stranded in the cold, these items will help prevent frostbite and keep your body temperature regulated. 

Alongside warm clothing, it's crucial to have blankets and hand warmers in your kit. They'll provide immediate warmth and insulation if you're waiting for roadside assistance or stuck in your car during a snowstorm. Consider packing a few emergency mylar rescue blankets as they are lightweight and highly effective at retaining body heat. 

Food and Water: 
Don't forget to pack some non-perishable snacks and bottled water. Granola bars, nuts, and dried fruits are excellent options that provide both energy and sustenance. Also, make sure to rotate them out periodically to keep your emergency supplies fresh. 

Flashlights and Extra Batteries: 
If you can get a crank-type of flashlight, this will be your most reliable option as batteries may not last long in extreme cold. In case of a breakdown at night, a flashlight will come in handy for examining your car or signaling for help. 

First Aid Kit: 
Accidents can happen anytime so having a well-stocked first aid kit is essential. Include bandages, antiseptic wipes, adhesive tape, pain relievers, and any personal medications you might need. Regularly check and replace expired items to ensure the kit is up to date. 

Portable Phone Charger: 
A dead phone battery is the last thing you need during an emergency. Invest in a portable phone charger and keep it with you at all times. This way, you can stay connected, make emergency calls, and access important information when needed. 

Ice Scraper, Snow Brush: 
Winter weather can quickly turn your car into an ice cube. Be prepared by having an ice scraper and snow brush. Clearing your car of snow and ice ensures proper visibility and safer driving. 

Jumper Cables: 
Cold temperatures can wreak havoc on car batteries, leaving you stranded with a dead one. Keep a set of jumper cables in your emergency kit and familiarize yourself with the proper procedure for jump-starting a vehicle. Who knows, you might even be someone's hero someday! 

Your CAA Niagara Membership: 
Make sure you carry your Membership card with you or that you are logged in to the CAA App, wherever you go. Not only is it your connection to reliable Emergency Roadside Assistance but Members get special benefits in a lot of unexpected places.   

Before winter fully sets in, take the time to assemble your winter emergency car kit. Remember, preparation is key, and it's far better to have these items and never need them than to need them and not have them. Stay warm, stay safe, and have a wonderful winter driving experience! 


Tags: Travel, road safety, Winter Driving, road trips

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