BlanketKeep a blanket or coat nearby when driving in the winter. If you get stranded on the side of the road, it's best to be able to keep your body heat near yourself. A blanket and/or coat is a great way to do this. It's also a good idea to keep an extra pair of socks and gloves in your vehicle. If you need to get out and work on the vehicle or change a flat tire, your hands will get cold very quickly. It's best to keep your extremities - feet and hands - as warm as possible!
Non-Perishable FoodIf you get stranded for a period of time, you and your passengers may start to get hungry. Having non-perishable food items can help to ensure your food is not expired if you find yourself in a situation in which you need to eat it. Crackers, canned food, and dried fruits and meat are all good options for items that will not go out of date quickly.
Snow ShovelJust in case, it's nice to have a shovel handy. If you do need to dig your vehicle out of the snow, you can more easily accomplish this with a shovel. Many times a car's tires slide on a slick surface. Digging the snow away from the tire can help it gain traction on solid ground. It's also helpful to keep sand or kitty litter to help encourage tire traction on the snow or ice.
Ice ScraperAn ice scraper can easily remove ice or snow from your windows. Turning the heat up inside your vehicle can help, but an ice scraper can speed along the process. Many people who park inside a garage may think they don't need an ice scraper, but your vehicle may not always be protected from the winter elements.
Jumper CablesWith the bitterly cold temperatures of winter, many batteries drain quickly. Jumper cables can help to boost your vehicle's battery with the assistance of another vehicle. To be covered, it's best to have your own set of jumper cables in case the vehicle who is assisting you doesn't have any.
Gas CanRunning out of gas is a frustrating situation. If your vehicle runs out, you won't have any way to keep your car warm in the winter months. A spare gas can with some gasoline in it can help you get to the nearest gas station to fill up, should you run out. As a rule of thumb, it's best to not let your vehicle get under a half tank of gas to help from running out in the cold winter months.
FlashlightIf you get stranded in your vehicle at night, a flashlight may be your only light source available. If you slide off the side of the road in a winter storm, it may be very difficult for help to find you. A flashlight usually catches the eye of a passerby who may be able to assist you and get help to come your way.
Tool KitA basic tool kit can be used to make minor repairs to your vehicle. If a cable comes loose or you need to change a tire, a tool kit can be a handy item to have in your vehicle.
Tow StrapA tow strap can help you pull out your vehicle if you have the assistance of another driver. If you slide off the road due to winter weather, you may need the help of a tow strap or chain to drag your car back onto the road.
Is your vehicle ready for winter driving conditions? If not, you now have a great list of items to keep in your ride. Simply stow these items in your back seat or trunk so you are always prepared, should you be involved in an accident or break down during the cold months. If you are interested in checking out a new four-wheel drive vehicle, we have a TON of options currently in stock. Stop by our mid-Missouri car dealership to see our current selection. We look forward to helping you buy a new truck or SUV in mid-MO this winter!
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