The best way to warm up your car is simply turning on your heater or to drive as fast as you can so you get home, where it’s sure to be warm and cozy. But sometimes things just don’t go your way, and you see yourself in a situation where the weather has caused you so much unexpected delay. To ease your troubles, make sure you have the following fifteen items:
Snow and Ice Scraper
Sometimes snow can get stuck in some tight spaces in your car such as in fender flares or accumulate in your windshield, obstructing your view. Ice scrapers are easy tools to use for clearing your car from unnecessary snow or ice before jumping into the driver’s seat.
Winter brings with it a thick layer of snow on the roads, making for a challenging drive. With a shovel, you can clear a path for your car to pass through. Find a small or collapsible shovel so that it will fit snuggly in your trunk.
Just imagine being on the interstate and your car suddenly stops. Running out of gas while you’re on the road is every driver’s nightmare. Stock on fuel beforehand by filling a portable gas tank. A gallon will be enough to get you to safety or to the nearest pumping station.
It goes without saying that every driver should have a spare tire with at all times no matter the season. In winter, driving will be extra difficult; therefore, in cases where you have to replace one of your tires, it’s best to prepare.
Tires lose a lot of pressure in cold weather, whether they’re old or brand-new. Since the right tire pressure is important in driving safely, especially during winter where the roads are slippery, tugging an air compressor with you will prove to be convenient.
You can’t always rely on your heater to come through, especially if you get stranded in the middle of nowhere or get into an accident during a harsh winter. Having a few blankets with you will certainly help in dealing with the cold.
Emergency Flares or Reflectors
In snowstorms or extreme winters, it is often hard to see the road ahead because of reduced visibility. If you have to stop on the side of the road, you can use reflectors or flares to signal your presence to other drivers.
Coarse materials like rock salt, sand, or kitty litter are quick fixes to help your tires gain traction if your car gets stuck in the snow. Just simply scatter them around your tires, and you’ll be able to drive scot-free, away from the slippery snow.
First Aid Kit
First aid kits are always handy to have all year-round especially during the winter. where road accidents usually spike. If someone gets injured, you will be able to attend to the victim immediately while waiting for the emergency response team to arrive.
Days are shorter during the winter. If you notice something’s wrong and it’s already dark out, use a flashlight to inspect your vehicle. And just like reflectors, flashlights can help you be visible for other drivers while you’re pulled over at the side of the road.
Rope or Chain
Winters are great until something bad happens to your car, like having your rear tires stuck on a thick slush of snow. No matter how many times you push down the pedal, it just wouldn’t budge. Perhaps you need another car to tow you out. Good thing that you have a rope or tow chain with you.
A car’s battery is crucial to start a car. Without it, you wouldn’t be able to make use of your heater. Cold temperatures often affect or totally bog down a car’s battery. Waiting for someone to jump-start your vehicle can be excruciating, but if you have jumper cables, you can do it by yourself.
Minor car problems can easily be fixed with basic tools like a wrench, pliers, or a screwdriver. You don’t have to be a mechanic. As long as you have the right tools and know how to perform simple maintenance of your car, you’re good to go.
Your mobile phone will come in handy if you need to contact emergency services while you’re on the road. Make sure that your phone is all charged before you leave the house and bring your charger for good measure.
Water and Snacks
The next worst thing that could happen to you when you get stranded or get into an accident because of severe weather conditions is you get hungry or pass out while waiting for help to arrive. Having food around will make the situation more tolerable.