What to Pack in Your Roadside Emergency Kit

Winter driving can be hazardous. Although not expected, there may be a time when your vehicle does becomes stranded. This is an emergency situation. Hopefully you have your roadside emergency kit packed in your vehicle and ready to help you.

The National Safety Council recommends having these items in your vehicle at all times:

  1. A spare tire that is properly inflated
  2. A shovel
  3. Jumper cables
  4. Tow and tire chains
  5. A bag of salt or kitty litter for better traction or to melt snow and ice
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  7. A flashlight and extra batteries
  8. Reflective triangles or emergency flares
  9. A compass
  10. A first aid kit
  11. Extra windshield cleaner
  12. An ice scraper/snow brush
  13. Matches in a waterproof container or a lighter
  14. Scissors and string or cord
  15. Some non-perishable foods like canned nuts, dried fruits, and hard candy
  16. Extra blankets, mittens/gloves, socks, hats, and coats

Winter travel requires extra preparation that is well worth the effort when emergency strikes.

-Jay Van Deurzen

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