Essentials For Your Car in Winter
We all know the harshness of winter when it comes to season. Obviously, we cannot avoid it or make it go away, but we can prepare for it. There is a list of essentials you can have in your vehicle to make your life easier during the harshest of winter weather.
Having a scraper in your car is a MUST! We have all been there when the car is covered in snow and ice and you cannot see through the windshield. Having a sturdy adjustable scraper can make life much easier when it comes to clearing your windows.
|Gloves and Warm Clothing||
Gloves and warm clothing can make or break a cold freezing situation and should be an essential to have in the car at all times. We are all human and it is easy to forget simple items like gloves and you will thank yourself later when you know you have a spare set inside your vehicle.
You may never know when your car will decide to have an issue and become immobile for a certain period of time, having something as little as a blanket can be essential when you are stuck in a car that doesn’t run without any heat.
|Emergency Flares or Reflectors||
Emergency flares or reflectors can benefit in white out conditions. A crashed or broken-down car can be non-visible. It is always handy having reflectors or a flare for someone to see you in the harshest of circumstances.
|Rock Salt, Sand, Or Kitty Litter||
When completely stuck you will find it very beneficial to have a coarse material in your vehicle to place beneath your tires for traction.
|First Aid Kit||
A First Aid Kit can be used year-round regardless of the situation. It is always a good idea to have one in your vehicle under any condition.
Having an extra gallon of washer fluid laying around will be extremely helpful when the time comes for a refill. Being left without washer fluid can be extremely annoying when you can’t see through your windshield when driving.
A flashlight is a good item to have in your car at all times. You never know when you might get a flat tire or car issue when it’s dark outside. LED flashlights work best in any circumstance.
A tow rope can be very beneficial on aiding if you or a friend are stuck. It is always nice to have one to help get yourself out of trouble without paying the extra cash to get a tow truck.
|Jumper Cables or Jump Box||
Batteries aren’t perfect and they can’t withstand every condition. It is a good idea to have a set of jumper cables around in your car at all times. Portable jump boxes are now available and can be conveniently stashed in your vehicle without taking up a bunch of space.
Sunglasses can be used in any condition. Snow blindness is never fun. You don’t realize it but the refraction of the sun on your eyes can be extremely bright and damaging to your eyes. It is always a good idea to have a pair laying around.
|Portable Cell Phone Charger||
Everyone today probably has a cell phone charger in their vehicle, however do you have one that can be used when the car has a dead battery? It is a good idea to have a portable charger that can be pre-charged when going on trips or daily driving.
|Water and Non-Perishable Snacks||
Having water and snacks in your vehicle is always a priority because you never know when you might be stranded. This is a good idea in any season. You never know when you are going to need it and you don’t want to be in a situation without it.
A small tool kit could be very helpful when something simple has happened to your vehicle however your hands can not do all the work. Having a small toolkit handy can be a situation that will get you back home or to a safe place.
A shovel is optional but a great tool to have when you are in a bad situation or stuck. It is easy to get stuck in the snow, however it is very difficult to get out of that situation when ill prepared. Now this is all based on where you live and how often you get snow but a shovel can be a perfect tool to dig yourself out of a nasty situation.
This is a lot of items to have in your vehicle, however most of them were designed to be easily packaged in a vehicle and you will thank yourself when needed and used. It is always better to be safe than sorry. It is always most important to make sure that your car is ready for winter and that you have the proper winter tires.
Stay safe my friends!