You Should Have These 5 Things in Your Car This Winter

 Since we're in the midst of the holiday season, chances are you're busy with gift shopping and other fun holiday activities. You may also be planning a road trip soon to spend Christmas with loved ones. Just keep in mind that many other people in and around Cincinnati are doing the same things.

As a result, there is more traffic during all times of the day than other seasons. On top of that, winter weather conditions can add a variety of challenges and risks to winter driving. The best thing you can do for yourself and family is to prepare your car. By putting the following five things in your car, you will be ready in the event anything unexpected happens:

1. Jumper Cables


A dead battery is one of the most common reasons that people get stranded during the winter. You can protect yourself against stuck in a parking lot or any other less than ideal situation by keeping jumper cables in your car. And if you're worried about not being able to find someone to jump you, there are portable batteries designed for this exact purpose.

2. At Least One Blanket


Realizing your battery is dead isn't the only time you or another member of your family may be stuck in your car. Really bad weather can actually cause this to happen on any road or highway. Having at least one quality blanket will help you stay warm while you're waiting it out.

3. Road Flares


An icy patch can cause you to slide off the road. If this happens, you want to prevent the next driver from doing the same thing. Using a road flare can help protect both you and any other drivers that come along.

4. Flashlight and First Aid Kit


There are many different scenarios where you may find yourself in need of a flashlight. The same is true for a well-stocked first aid kit. Given how little space both of these items will take up in your car, there's simply no good reason not to have them.

5. Rock Salt and Escape Tool


If you find yourself in a bad spot, rock salt can mean the difference between driving away or being stuck for an extended period of time. And as you're planning for these types of possible scenarios, it's important to remember that getting stuck in your car during the winter is a possibility. The good news is for less than $10, you can put a small emergency escape tool in your glovebox and have peace of mind about everyone in the vehicle.


The entire USA Collision Centers team wishes you and your family a very merry Christmas!