Auto Preparedness for Winter

Having an emergency kit for your car is as important for you and your passengers as air is for the vehicle’s tires. suggests including the items listed below in your vehicle emergency kit. We have also included some ideas and recommendations that you can incorporate into your auto roadside kit by the emergency disaster preparedness industry.

In our research, we have found that no matter how complete your Auto Emergency Kit is, no kit has every item on these recommended lists. Therefore, whether you build your own auto kit, or purchase a pre-assembled kit, you may want to compare these lists and incorporate them with the contents of your kit.

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In case you are stranded, keep a kit of emergency supplies in your car including:

  • Basic toolkit: pliers[water pump style], wrench [crescent or set of standard and metric], screwdriver(s) [4 way, flat head, Philips, torx or star]
  • Blankets or sleeping bags
  • Cat litter or sand: for better tire traction
  • Charged Cell Phone: and car charger
  • Clothes: warm clothes, gloves, hat, sturdy boots, jacket and an extra change of clothes for the cold
  • [Diaper bag] including baby formula, diapers, [toys] and medication if you have a small child
  • First Aid Kit: remember any necessary medications,
  • Flashlights: with extra batteries, [or a hand crank style]
  • Food: non-perishable food such as canned food, and protein rich foods like nuts and energy bars
  • Ice scraper
  • Jumper cables: might want to include flares or reflective triangle
  • Manual can opener
  • Pet supplies: food and water[leash, harness and pet coat]
  • Radio: battery or hand cranked
  • Shovel [or Compact MultiFunction Shovel]
  • Water: at least 1 gallon of water per person a day for at least 3 days

As a member of the emergency disaster preparedness industry, we also recommend adding these items to your kit:

  • Body and/or Hand Warmers
  • Bungee Cords or tie down straps
  • Duct Tape
  • Fuel (gasoline or diesel)
  • Help Flag – to indicate that you need assistance (especially nice to have when there is no signal for the cell phone or when you do not have a phone charger
  • Leather Palm Work Gloves
  • Oil Funnel and oil
  • Reflective Safety Vest
  • Seatbelt cutter
  • Tire Pressure Gauge
  • Tire Puncture Seal
  • Tow Rope about 10 ft.
  • Window punch
  • Zip ties

Due to the fact that there is a lot of gear, you may want to consider putting everything in a backpack with multiple pockets or a travel/duffle bag. Naturally, you may want to modify the contents as the seasons change, such as changing a winter coat for a three-season coat or the kitty litter (or sand) for a camp stove with fuel.

Being prepared for a road emergency with sufficient supplies not only will make an incident less dramatic, it could save a life. We have come a long way since the pictured 1915 Ford Model T, (courtesy of but storms, accidents, road conditions, breakdowns and other drivers influence our safety.

Remember: Your own Emergency Disaster Preparedness plan is the key to survival, and your survival depends on how well prepared you are.

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