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Winter Preparedness: What to keep in your vehicle

and last updated 2020-11-01 09:13:45-05

Like it or not, winter is just around the corner. And the best time to get prepared is BEFORE the first big snowfall hits.

It's a GREAT idea to prepare a winter car kit. This kit will contain items that could help you get unstuck or helpful items in the unfortunate situation you become stranded in your vehicle for any length of time. Items to include in this kit:

  • Ice scraper/brush
  • Shovel
  • Sand or cat litter (for traction)
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • First Aid Kit
  • Non-perishable food (think high-calorie foods like trail mix, granola bars, or chocolate)
  • Water
  • Paper towels
  • Blanket
  • Extra clothes
  • Gloves, hat, boots
  • Hand warmers
  • Jumper cables
  • Tow rope
  • Basic Tools or multi-tool
  • Swiss Army knife
  • Fix-a-Flat
  • Phone charger
  • Road map

While not all these items are necessary, having a few of them packed in the car is better than nothing. The backseat is the best place to keep most of these items, as opposed to the trunk, this makes them easier to access.

This winter, remember to check road conditions BEFORE leaving the house at And, be sure to keep up to date on the latest forecasts with the TMJ4 Storm Team.

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