What To Put In A Winter Car Kit - Clutch Insider
To go along with our latest Car Enthusiast Insider: 10 Tips for Winter Driving. Now, be prepared for anything that Atlantic Canada throws at you while driving by building a Winter Car Kit.
These are supplies everyone should store in their vehicle for winter travel and will make you a winter hero on the roads.
1. WINDOW SCRAPER & SNOW BRUSH
This is number one because it's a must-have that will get the most use and will be used all winter long.
A window scraper with a long handle will help with all snow removal on the roof and windshield of your car. There are many to choose from at your local Canadian Tire.
Taking the time to remove all the snow from your windshield and windows will increase visibility and keep you more aware on winter roads.
A shovel is one of the most important tools to add to your winter vehicle survival kit. It will allow you to dig yourself out in most cases of getting stuck in the snow.
In a case where you're unable to dig out your vehicle you can shovel off any snow that accumulates while you wait for assistance. This will keep your vehicle visible to rescuers and other drivers.
There are many inexpensive and compact shovels available that will be great for storing in your trunk like this shovel on Amazon.
3. EXTRA WINTER WINDSHIELD WASH
You'll find you use A LOT more windshield wash in the winter vs. all other seasons. Keep a jug of windshield wash on hand to ensure you can see out your windshield in the case of running out. These can be purchased at many gas stations or find it online at CanadianTire.ca
4. WINTER GLOVES
Gloves and winter wear will keep you warm while driving and especially in the event that your car shuts off unexpectedly.
Exposure to the sun during the winter can increase your risk of experiencing vision troubles due to the sun rays reflecting off the snow. Wearing sunglasses will allow you to see clearer and protect you from UV rays bouncing off the hills of snow that can be harmful to your eyes.
Polarized sunglasses are the sunglasses of choice for the winter season because it is said that a polarized sunglass lens reduces the sun’s glare more. Check out these Polarized Sunglasses on Amazon.
6. FIRST AID KIT
A first aid kit is essential year-round, although this is one of the most important things to keep in your car during winter because emergency vehicle response time may be slow if it’s snowing. Performing basic first aid on an injury in the case of an incident will help until assistance arrives.
Get a Compact First Aid Kit specifically for car use on Amazon.
7. REFLECTOR TRIANGLE OR FLARES
Roads are slippery in blizzards and sometimes your car can get stuck in the snow. These will help others know your car is there and to use caution on the road.
Enough warm blankets for you and your passengers is great for the colder nights and will also help keep you warm in the event that your car has run out of gas.
9. NON-PERISHABLE FOOD AND ENERGY BARS
You don't always get stuck because of issues with YOUR car. Sometimes you can get stuck in traffic due to a collision between other vehicles on the road up ahead. Having some non-perishable snacks or energy bars on hand will keep your hunger at bay when there are delays.
Keep a good flashlight and an extra set of batteries in the winter car kit in case of a problem when you’re out and about driving at night.
Car Enthusiast Pro Tip: Skip the batteries and get the Ivation Car Emergency Escape Tool with an emergency phone charger and flashlight powered by a hand crank charger. It comes with an added window breaking tool and seatbelt cutter in the event of an accident.
11. ROCK SALT
Salt will help you gain traction on your tires in the case where they are stuck in the snow or on an icy patch. Pour the salt on the ice to help melt it allowing your tires to gain traction. An alternative to this is gravel or even kitty litter! This jug of ice-melter salt is the perfect amount for your kit and allows easy pouring.
12. JUMPER CABLES
Cold weather can affect a car’s battery. You can’t start your car if the battery’s dead, which means you won’t be able to use the car’s heater for warmth. Waiting for a jump start in the cold is not fun. You won’t have to wait as long if you have jumper cables with you.
13. PHONE CHARGER
This is good to have in your car at all times but it's especially great if you have to make an emergency call.
14. CHARGING BANK
These special emergency charging banks can give you enough power to make a phone call if needed when your battery is dead and you can’t charge it in the car.
A regular one will do just fine, however, there are many that are made to keep in your car. This Solar Hand Crank FM Radio, Phone Charger and Flashlight would make a great gift this holiday season for the driver in your family.
15. TOTE BOX
A plastic tote box will help you keep all your items out of the way when doing things like Holiday shopping and switching out tires and will keep everything together and compact for easy access in an emergency. Check out our video on preparing your Winter Car Kit.