This time of year can be a very dangerous time for road travel, especially if you live in a state that gets a lot of snow and seriously hazardous road conditions.
With weather, you never know what to expect, so I find it best to always be prepared for anything. As the seasons change, I like to make sure we have whatever we may need with us, in case of an emergency.
You can put together your own winter roadside emergency kit and ensure you are ready for anything this winter.
DIY Your Winter Roadside Emergency Kit
Grab a large backpack, duffel bag, or even a covered storage bin and add the following items to it to make sure you are always ready. In the winter, we keep a large storage bin in the back of our minivan whenever we travel more than 30 minutes from home or somewhere that we might not be able to find help immediately.
Here are the items you should have in your winter kit:
- Hand warmers
- Extra gloves/mittens/hats
- Non-perishable high calorie foods
- Strike-Anywhere Matches
- Bottled water
- Roadside Flares
- Small Shovel
- Snow brush
- Jumper Cables
- Cat Litter (for traction)
- Automotive cell phone charger
- First Aid Kit
In addition to these items, it is also important to make sure your phone is fully charged before traveling as well as making sure your vehicle is in proper working order to travel in winter conditions. We recommend you have your vehicle inspected by a reputable mechanic like the ones at Suburban Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Farmington Hills.