Winter Driving Safety Kit Essentials

safety road sign and car pulled over in winter stormTens of millions of AmericansĀ travel during the holidays. The unpredictable weather and increased traffic during this time can make even a short road trip dangerous.

Before stuffing your car with boxes of presents, make sure you’ve packed a vehicle safety kit to ensure you’re prepared for any emergency.

The Winter Safety Kit Essentials

Many stores offer pre-assembled safety kits. While these can be a good starting point, you can save money by buying a plastic bin and using items you already have around the house, including:

  • Charged cell phone
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Tow rope
  • Collapsible shovel
  • Rags or paper towels
  • First-aid kit
  • Snow scraper/brush
  • Basic tool kit
  • Matches
  • Window washer fluid
  • Water
  • Bag of kitty litter or sand
  • High-calorie snack foods, canned fruit, nuts, raisins and granola bars
  • Can opener
  • Emergency poncho
  • Blankets
  • Gloves
  • Spare set of warm clothes and socks
  • Hand/foot warmers
  • Reflective safety vest
  • Flares and emergency strobes
  • Whistle
  • Roll of toilet paper

Extra Items

Don’t forget the items below to help keep you clean and entertained if you’re stranded for a long period of time.

  • Backup USB charger
  • Tablet or e-reader
  • Books
  • Battery powered radio
  • Deck of cards
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Baby wipes

By Nathan Erb

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  1. P.N. Ranganathan says

    Very useful information! Thank you. Much appreciated. My car once skidded on black ice, that too on entrance ramp – Once is enough šŸ™

  2. richard andersonsr. says

    One might consider to carry a pistol in lock compartment., If stranded in mountainous or areas of bears wolves territory, it will become a dear one for protection.

  3. Ginny Kava says

    supplies sound great for emergency. But-as for having any batteries in your car for flashlights, battery operated radio is deceiving, especially if you live in a cold climate for winter. Batteries Do Not work if they are left in your vehicle. The batteries do not work if they are cold. People need to know this ahead of time-if they should have an emergency. Maybe one year a battery will be made to work in sub zero temps. like for temps that are minus 20-40 below zero. Thank You

  4. Denise says

    This is all great information to keep on hand for yourself and to share with others.
    Greatly appreciated!

  5. M J WOLFE says

    Wow! Love the articles. The articles enforce in your mind what you should know and if you don’t know you just learned something new.

  6. Gerry Grilli says

    I carry almost all of the things you recommend but there are a few then I can add to my list, in winter survival is the name of the game.

  7. Cynthia Collins says

    Excellent articles! I appreciate this and look forward to more. We should all remember to do all we can always to avoid to tragedies and troubles of accidents.