How to pack your car for winter
Now that your vehicle has the correct tires and you’ve gotten everything checked out and ready to hit the winter streets, you need to know how to pack your just in case you find yourself in the unfortunate event of a collision, or a dead battery, or run out of gas. There are several things that you should make sure to pack in your car just in case, because you never know and it’s much better to be safe than sorry. So we’re going to give you a little rundown of exactly how to pack your car for winter.
- The most important thing to have in your vehicle is a cell phone. If for some reason you don’t own a regular cell phone, I suggest buying a Tracfone to keep in your glovebox. If you do have a cellular, then make sure you have a car charger for it to make sure you can always use it.
- Its not safe to keep gas in a vehicle, but it wouldn’t be a bad idea to store an empty gas cannister in your trunk in the event that you run out of gas. Sometimes in freezing weather if you don’t have enough gasoline it can evaporate and you end up having even less than you thought.
- Another extremely important thing to keep in your vehicle at all times during the winter is an ice scraper. If you end up stopping somewhere for a period of time and it begins snowing, you’ll need this to brush all the snow or scrape any ice off of all of your windows to maximize your vision.
- It’s also not a bad idea to keep a bag of sand and/or a little shovel in your trunk, just in case you end up getting stuck somewhere and need to try getting yourself out. Sand will help your tires get traction, and the shovel will help break up ice or snow around them.
- Extra, warm clothes are a must during the winter. If you get stuck somewhere you want to make sure you can stay warm because there’s no telling how long you’ll be out there. Blankets would be a great plus as well.
- Bottled water and non-perishable snacks are always a good thing to have in your vehicle too, really no matter what time of year. On that same sentiment, you should always keep a first aid kit in your car as well.
You should definitely consider following this list and keeping as many of these items in your trunk as possible. Safety is always first when on the road, and you have to take even better care to pay attention to that when the roads are covered in ice and snow. Check in tomorrow for the last installment of our winter preparations column. Stay safe this winter!