When it comes to driving in the winter, so many different things can happen. You may need to pull over for a storm to pass, or you could get into an accident and be forced to wait for help to arrive. No matter what happens, there are things that you can help increase your chances of survival, and prepare you for unexpected events when on the road. Here are 10 necessaries your vehicle should have in the trunk during the winter months.
1. Windshield Wiper Fluid: If you get stuck in an ice storm, snow storm, or get caught driving in slush, windshield wiper fluid helps keep your window clean and your vision clear.
2. An Ice Scraper: You never know when you are going to walk out of work into a snow storm, and you want to be able to clean off all of your windows, especially if they are iced over.
3. A Tin Can with A Candle: If you were to get stranded, and stuck in your vehicle for hours, this can work as a mini heater for you, until help is able to arrive. Extra candles mean more heat.
4. First Aid Kit: In the winter it is very easy to cut your hand on some ice, or get stranded without medical assistance. Carrying a first aid kit may save someone’s life.
5. Road Flares: In a snowstorm people may not be able to see you, and sending up road flares may attract attention and get you the help you need if you are on the side of the road, or prevent you from getting hit.
6. Flashlight: Again, if assistance vehicles are looking for you and your car lights aren’t working, you can use a flashlight to wave people down.
7. Sustenance Package: If you are trapped in your vehicle for hours, you don’t want to get weak. Placing some granola bars and other snacks with your first aid kit may really come in handy.
8. Car Cell Phone Charger: It always seems like whenever you need your phone, it goes dead. Make sure you charge your phone before you run out of battery power in your vehicle, so you can keep contact with help if necessary.
9. Blanket: This will help keep you warm, while you are waiting, so you can save as much gas in your car as possible while you wait for the storm to pass.
10. Chains: Chains for your tires may help you get up a hill, or through a storm, and you can get them at any hardware store.