How to Make a Winter Emergency Kit for Your Car

Are you prepared this winter if your car would break down on the side of the road? It can happen anytime, anywhere. We’re sure you already have the necessary things to change a tire, but there are some additional things you should have on hand, especially during the colder weather. Read on to learn how to make a roadside emergency kit to keep you safe this winter! There are pre-made kits you can purchase, but there are benefits in creating your own such as tailoring it to your family’s needs, especially if you have health issues, pets, or kids. 

Some essential things you’ll need if your car should have problems and you need to stop.

  • First Aid Kit
  • Road Flares
  • Jumper Cables
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Water and Non-Perishable Snacks
  • Ice Scrapers
  • Heavy Blankets to Stay Warm
  • Baby Wipes
  • Flashlight
  • Multi-Purpose Tool

 Use a clear plastic container with a secure lid to organize these items in a single layer for easy locating. Create a list and tape to the top of the kit. When you use or run something inside the emergency kit, replenish it.

Some additional great tips are: Always carry some cash for gas.  If power is out, credit card machines may not work. A clean, empty gas jug should be stored in your trunk for those unexpected emergencies. Purchase car charger! Always keep your phone charged on a road trip. And of course, before you head out in your car for an extended amount of time, take the time to check your fluids - oil, anti-freeze, transmission fluid prior to your big excursion. 

We hope these tips serve as a friendly reminder before the long and cold winter months or maybe even inspire you to create your own emergency road kit for yourself or a loved one.  Peace of mind is a great gift this holiday season. If you are ever in need of collision assistance of repair, please call us at USA Collision Centers: 513-921-2117.