As we head into the colder months of winter, many across the United States may want to begin bundling up. But, on top of a warm winter jacket and boots, there are many aspects of our lives we take for granted during the warmer months. When the temperature starts to drop it can cause a lot of unnecessary problems and surprises, from an ice slicked road to a snowstorm. Here are a few items you may want to keep in your vehicle, just in case you happen to get stuck in the cold.
If your car breaks down you’ll likely be left without any major form of heating. The best solution for this is to keep your car filled with one blanket per person in your car. You don’t need anything particularly special, as a simple wool blanket does the job of keeping you warm just fine.
In case of snow, a compact shovel is almost a necessity. Depending on where you live, it’s possible to get anywhere from a few inches to a few feet of snow in just a day, and having a shovel on hand is going to make digging yourself or your vehicle out of that snow much easier than it would be doing it by hand.
Extra Warm Clothing
You might feel like you don’t need those gloves when you leave the house, but by the time you can’t feel your fingers anymore you might be feeling regretful. Much like blankets, it’s a good idea to keep your car stocked with a variety of extra clothing in case you need to add another layer, or you just forgot something as you left the house.
It’s always possible the cold could knock the charge right out of your car battery. Don’t find yourself wishing you had a pair of jumper cables as you wander aimlessly around the store parking lot looking for someone to help you out. Be proactive and save yourself the unnecessary stress.
There’s a chance your vehicle could become stranded, either because it won’t start or because weather has forced your vehicle off road. In these situations, and especially in weather that may hinder visibility, you’ll want some sort of means to flag down another vehicle for help. A brightly colored bandanna can be attached to a vehicle as a makeshift flag. Alternately, road flares are great, particularly if you’re concerned about visibility.
Winter is coming, and you really don’t want to let yourself get caught off guard in the cold. Keeping your vehicle stocked up on supplies can help keep you prepared for any winter mishaps due to weather or on the road.