While the months get colder, something you need to think about is what you would do if your car broke down on a snowy, blistering cold day. It’s not necessarily a happy thought but it may save you one day! When I was just starting to drive, my mom made me pack my car with all the “essentials” and now I completely understand why. The following are a couple ideas to keep in mind if you find yourself driving in the winter time. Hopefully, if this unfortunate event does happen to you, you will be within walking distance from a store or have a phone to call for help. This leads me to my first precaution…
Always make sure your phone is fully charged before you leave the house
This is something most of us are pretty good about anyway because it is our main line of communication. If you find yourself stranded with a broken down car and your car battery is drained, you won’t be able to use your car phone charger, so keep that in mind.
Put together a cold weather emergency kit
You can purchase a tote at Target or Wal-Mart and pack all these essentials in it to keep them together in your trunk
- Cat Litter (can be used in place of salt)
- First Aid Kit
- Jumper Cables
- List of family phone numbers
Check out this roadside kit from Safety Girl that has 16 different car safety pieces including a flashlight, air compressor, help sign, jumper cables, cable ties, etc.
And this everyday roadside emergency kit with 18+ pieces including band-aids, wipes, chapstick, light sticks, etc.