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Prepare for the unexpected with winter driving kit

Posted on Dec 27 2018 in DIY
A blanket in your vehicle is an essential part of a winter survival kit. Make sure you have your kit ready in case of emergencies.

In the Hoosier state, winter invariably brings freezing temperatures along with snowy and/or icy roads. While roadside breakdowns can strike at any time, unexpected automotive troubles during the winter months can be especially dangerous. Are you — and your vehicle — prepared to handle winter’s grasp if the unexpected happens? 

AAA Hoosier Motor Club recommends that all automobiles be equipped with an emergency survival kit for winter driving. At a minimum, each kit should include:

  • Fully-charged mobile phone pre-programmed with important numbers including those for family members and emergency service providers
  • Cell phone charger equipped with a car adaptor
  • Drinking water and non-perishable snacks for humans and pet passengers (if applicable)
  • First aid kit
  • Bag of abrasive material (sand, salt or cat litter) or traction mats
  • Shovel
  • Blankets and extra clothing including hats and gloves
  • Flashlight with fresh batteries —  and an extra set of fresh batteries, too
  • Jumper cables
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Windshield washer deicer fluid
  • Snow brush/ice scraper
  • Warning devices (flares or triangles)
  • Rope and rags
  • Basic toolkit (screwdrivers, pliers, adjustable wrench)

Having your vehicle prepared and ready for winter weather can greatly increase the chances of your survival if you find yourself in a perilous situation.

Source: AAA Hoosier Motor Club