When winter roads become impassable, it is hard for emergency vehicles like ambulance and police to respond to emergencies in time, which can lead to severe consequences: over 116,000 Americans are injured and more than 1300 are killed due to snowy roads. That’s why people should prepare a complete emergency car kit for winter.
Basically, the kit can be divided into two parts: items to help you get unstuck and supplies in case you do get stuck.
A snow shovel is the first thing that should be in your winter emergency kit, since digging your car out can help you get out of the emergency quickly. Also, you can use it to keep your vehicle from being totally buried in an emergency. Cat litter can also help your tires grab on to something if the road underneath the snow is icy.
It is well-known that tire chains are a great way to prevent sliding and other problems in snow. However, before using them, you need to know how to install them and make them function right: put them on first in a dry road before you head out. And make absolutely sure they are installed on your tires correctly, so they don’t come loose. If you’re unfamiliar with installing tire chains, have a professional install them.
3.LED Tactical Flashlight
In the dark, an LED flashlight is a must. If you are stuck in the car, even if the situation is critical, autoXscape is a multi-functional lighting tool that may help you survive. For one thing, you can cut the seat belt with its integrated blade; for another thing, its high-powered flashlight can be used to signal for help. Also, autoAssist COB Floodlight is a good choice. In spite of its small size (17.3cm x 12.7cm x 4.8cm), it can illuminate a garage-size space, which can alert rescuers or allow you to actively get out of dangerous places.
In extremely cold weather, people are more likely to feel thirsty, since our bodies need more water to maintain body temperature. Therefore, keeping a stainless-steel water bottle is necessary during your trip. Please remember, always melt snow before drinking it, since, if you eat snow directly, you are using your body temperature to melt it.
Food is always necessary. High-calorie foods like cookies, chocolate bars, nuts, and so on are a top choice for many people. In the cold, calories in your body are burned quickly to keep your body temperature up
3.Clothes or blankets to keep warm
If your vehicle is stuck in the snow, chances are you will stay in the cold for a long period of time. How you stay warm is important. Remember to bring clothes with extra insulating layers. Also, an all-weather reflective emergency blanket is recommended, since its internal layers help keep your body warm.
4.Coil lighter or matches
In case you need a fire to keep warm or melt snow, please remember to bring a coil lighter or waterproof matches.
These are basic items for a winter emergency kit. To enjoy a safe road trip in winter, even if you’re only driving to or from work, always take the time to prepare in advance.
Whenever you head out—short trip, long haul, everything in between—it is a wonderful, wonderful feeling to know you are equipped to handle unexpected events.