With winter on the horizon, drivers would be wise to prepare their vehicles for the onslaught of weather conditions that are going to undoubtedly affect their car trips both near and far. Creating a kit to keep in your car provides a safety net for you and your family in the event of an emergency.
The Government of Canada has shared these useful tips to help make sure your emergency car kit is fully stocked:
Always have winter safety and emergency equipment in your car. A basic car kit should contain the following:
- Food that won’t spoil, such as energy bars
- Water—plastic bottles that won’t break if the water freezes (replace them every six months)
- Extra clothing and shoes or boots
- First aid kit with seatbelt cutter
- Small shovel, scraper and snowbrush
- Candle in a deep can and matches
- Wind‑up flashlight
- Whistle—in case you need to attract attention
- Copy of your emergency plan
Items to keep in your trunk:
- Sand, salt or cat litter (non-clumping)
- Antifreeze and windshield washer fluid
- Tow rope
- Jumper cables
- Fire extinguisher
- Warning light or road flares “
When it comes to road safety, it’s always better to err on the side of caution. Although everyone hopes for the best when navigating winter driving conditions, by preparing an emergency car kit, you can prepare yourself for the worst.
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