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Things to Keep in Your Car - Winter Emergency Car Kit

One of the last places you want to be in a blizzard is on the road.  But driving in nasty weather can be unavoidable, so know what to keep in your car in case of trouble. This emergency car kit checklist includes items to keep you warm, safe, hydrated and fed if you become stranded in your vehicle.

  • First aid kit, medications and other essentials – A first aid kit containing bandages and some basic medications should be in your vehicle year-round. Also have medications you or your passengers may need, such as asthma inhalers, epinephrine pens, insulin, heart medication, etc.
  • Cell phone charger - Keep one in your glove compartment in the event your phone battery goes dry and you need to call for help.
  • Blanket or sleeping bag and clothes – If you're stranded for an extended period, you’ll need to stay warm. Pack with a sweater, gloves, hat and scarf, plus a thick blanket or sleeping bag.
  • Non-perishable food – It's unlikely that you'll be stuck long enough to need emergency food, but keep some calorie-dense, non-perishable food on hand just in case. Treats like: candy bars, granola bars, trail mix, peanut butter and beef jerky. Check the expiration dates, and swap these out as needed.
  • Fresh water – Drinkable water in your trunk may easily freeze. You can speed up the thawing process by carrying several small plastic water bottles, rather than one large one.
  • Jumper cables – They can be the difference between a dead battery and being able to go on your way.
  • Spare tire, car jack and tire iron – They should already be in the vehicle. Check your spare tire periodically to make sure it stays inflated through the winter.
  • Flashlight – If you're stuck in your vehicle at night, an LED flashlight can help you see and be seen. Check the batteries periodically.

These are just a few good things to keep in your car. Using this emergency car kit checklist can help you be prepared in case you're ever stranded. It's also a good idea to find out whether Titan offers roadside assistance as part of an affordable vehicle insurance policy in your state. 

The provided information and safety suggestions were obtained from sources believed to be reliable and is intended for informational purposes only. Titan and its affiliates assume no liability in connection with providing it or your use of it. Your circumstances may not warrant or require some or all of the safety suggestions, and there may be additional available safety procedures that are not referenced on this webpage.

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