We are sure that you knew this already, but winter is right around the corner. Soon snow and ice will cover the roads and just like every single winter season, there are more unforeseen circumstances that can occur on the road. You can get stuck in a traffic jam because there’s a huge snowstorm, we’ve seen that happen before in Canada. You can get stuck trying to get out of a parking spot in the middle of nowhere. Your vehicle could lose control on an icy road in end up in the ditch and you have to wait for hours to get a tow truck. We don’t want any of these things to happen obviously, but we also want to help you be prepared for whatever awaits you.
With that in mind, here are a few things that you want to have in your vehicle in winter.
A way to stay warm
You never know if you will have to stay for prolonged periods of time in your vehicle. You want to have something that will keep you warm as you wait for help and you don’t want to have a bag of clothes in the trunk because if it’s been there for a while it will likely be as cold as you are. Tried to have a few articles of clothing or a blanket, but ideally, you want to have a way to warm these items up with things like hot packs that you can insert into your boots and gloves to warm up your body.
Away to get out of a jam
If you are stuck in the middle of a snowstorm, it could be hours before somebody comes to help. You, therefore, want to have a way to get out of your problem without any assistance. Try to have a shovel on hand as well as some sand and some salt to clear out any snow or ice around your tires. Of course, the best tool to have are traction aids which will get you out of just about anything without anybody pushing you.
You want your vehicle’s battery to be fully charged in winter and you want your cell phone to be charged in winter as well. That means that you should keep some booster cables on hand should you need them or should you need to help somebody else, and you should always have a charging wire or cable for your phone as well so that you can always call for help.
Thanks to Vickar Chevrolet for these useful tips!