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Jan 27, 2016

Your Winter Survival Kit Essentials

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Winter. There are few sights more beautiful than a freshly fallen, pure blanket of snow covering a field and maybe a few evergreen trees. Viewed from inside by a roaring fire in the fireplace, of course. The scene is decidedly less beautiful if you’re stuck in it trying to push your car out of a snow bank. This winter, don’t get trapped in a snowmageddon without the proper emergency kit. These are some essential items you might need should Old Man Winter bring the pain.

Winter Survival Kit

Your Kit

For snow and ice:

  • shovel
  • windshield ice scraper
  • a small broom to brush away snow
  • rock salt to melt snow and give you traction

For powering your car:

  • jumper cables
  • tow chain or rope
  • spare tire
  • jerry can with extra gasoline in case you run out of fuel

For your comfort, health and safety:

  • winter hat, gloves, and a pair of warm socks
  • blanket or sleeping bag
  • matches or lighters and some candles
  • cell phone adapter that will allow you to charge your mobile phone through the lighter in your car
  • first aid kit
  • pocket or Swiss Army knife
  • large bottle of water
  • some granola or energy bars
  • emergency flares or reflectors
  • flashlight with extra batteries
  • battery powered radio
  • any medications you’ll need should you find yourself stranded for a prolonged period of time

This list may seem like a lot of items to keep stocked in your car, but for depending on the driver, forecast and region, this kit could make all the difference. For example, if you’re regularly driving through remote areas, if there’s a blizzard or ice storm warning in your region, or if you’re planning a road trip, this kit may be the key to keeping yourself out of serious but preventable harm. On the other hand, if your usual commute primarily takes you through easily accessible urban areas, you may only require a condensed version of this kit.

Remember, it’s better to have these items and not need them than it is to need them and not have them. Furthermore, many of these items are good to have with you year-round as well, including the spare tire, jerry can, jumper cables, flashlight with extra batteries, water bottle and snacks, among others.

Lastly, equally important to the kit is to keep your car in working order. Make sure your tires are correctly pressurized, check that you have plenty of windshield washer fluid, and that your oil level is sufficient. If you’re planning a trip and have any concerns about your vehicle, you can always bring it to us at Service Plus. We’ll make sure everything is running properly before you embark on your journey.


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