11 Trunk Essentials For Winter Driving

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11 Trunk Essentials For Winter Driving
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UPDATED: Added a few more! Emergencies can happen any time – that’s why having a kit of survival essentials in your car is very important. These items could save you from a miserable, possibly life threatening experience on the road and in the end, you’d be glad that you took the time to round up these 11 trunk essentials for winter driving:

1. Snow chains. In some regions these may be a legal requirement before even attempting a winter pass! If you are anticipating snow, pack some because these could make the difference between staying on the road and losing control of the vehicle or getting stuck.

2. Some sort of emergency power pack. There are various options now but one that includes an emergency jump start is super valuable – giving the option not only to get a charge into your phone but to get a car started with a flat battery. And make sure you check that it has a full charge before setting out in winter! Here’s an example on Amazon that has both USB and USB-C outputs as well as an emergency jump start option with up to 3000A peak current.

3. Water. A one-gallon container of fresh potable water can keep you hydrated and/or provide an emergency top up for the car radiator or windscreen wash.

4. Emergency snack/food. When picking out which type of food to store, look for ones which are high in protein like survival bars and jerky. This will provide you the needed energy if you have to hike to somewhere.

5. Fire starters. Even a simple Bic lighter + beeswax candle combo is a super-useful addition to your emergency kit. Any type of fire starter will do but if you opt to use matches, make sure to bring the waterproof variety.

6. Hi-vis jacket. If you need to work on the vehicle,have broken down in an awkward spot or need to signal for help – one of these could literally save your life.

7. Blankets. If you’re stuck on the side of the road in the winter, you need to stay warm.

8. Shovel. If you’re in a region where you car could get stuck in deep snow it would always be a good idea to bring a shovel whenever you decide to drive during winter. A small military folding shovel is a perfect option.

9. Work Gloves. Will keep your hands warm as well as provide protection when doing any sort of rough work.

10. Flashlight. Keep a good flashlight handy and make sure the batteries are charged or fresh.

11. First aid kit. Accidents happen, and you can’t just stand by and be helpless. Having a first aid kit will permit you to help yourself or your passengers before medical aid arrives.

12. Communications. You need to have a device with you to allow you to call for help in case you get stuck somewhere. So keep your cell phone and/or 2-way radio charged always and in the vehicle with you.

13. Spare tire, jack and tire iron. This is applicable ALL the time. Always have a spare and tools in the car in case of a flat tire.

Take a little extra time to prep the vehicle before setting off. Winter will present a number of challenges for both you and your car so always be prepared for the cold. Before setting out, check your vehicle’s hoses, belts, spark plugs, fluid levels, tires, filters, etc. to make sure that everything is working well. Practice extra control when driving on an icy road and if you do skid, stay calm.

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