What to put in a car winter emergency kit?

By Product Expert | Posted in FAQs on Tuesday, December 22nd, 2020 at 8:46 am
Car stranded in snowy wooded area

Winter Emergency Kit for Your Car: The Essential Items to Keep in Your Car

Winter is coming! Or winter started yesterday, rather! That means dark nights, snow, ice, and freezing temperatures. If you drive a lot, then you need to be prepared.

Here are the essential items to put in your car winter emergency kit.


Winter/Snow Tires or All-Seasons Tires?


Winter Car Emergency Must-Have Items

person holding jumper cables in front of stranded car

There are many things that are useful in a winter emergency situation where you are stranded. Here are some that many experts agree need to be in an emergency kit:

  • Warm and dry clothes, outerwear (hats, gloves, coats), and blankets
  • Flashlight with extra batteries or hand-crank charger
  • Jumper cables
  • Road flares/reflective warning triangles
  • First-aid kit
  • Multi-tool and a collapsible shovel
  • Snow brush/ice scraper
  • Bottled water*
  • Shelf-stable food (Canned, dehydrated, etc.)
  • Extra gas and antifreeze

*Do not store water in your car in freezing temperatures; store it somewhere above freezing and put it in your car when you leave.

Winter Items to Get You Un-Stuck

You may have noticed that the list above doesn’t have anything to help get you unstuck. That’s ’cause we figured we’d make a separate list for them!

  • Heavy bags of sand or kitty litter
  • Tire chains
  • Tow strap

If you have a truck or a FWD vehicle, then multiple heavy bags of sand/litter (adding up to 100 lbs or more) stored in the box or trunk of your vehicle will give your rear tires lots more traction. You can also open the bags and spread the sand/litter underneath the tires in a situation where all your tires are doing is spinning.

Does Your Vehicle Need a Winter Check-Up?

If your vehicle needs some TLC (like an oil change or tire alignment), schedule a service appointment. And don’t forget to check out our Service Specials beforehand.

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