Winter time often means rapidly changing weather and less than ideal road conditions. With this in mind, you may find yourself facing an unexpected and potentially dangerous situation when driving. Be prepared with these 14 Things Under $25 to Keep In Your Car This Winter.
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Blankets-It is always a good idea to carry of a couple of blankets in your vehicle in case you need them for extra warmth in a emergency situation. Or if you are like me just because you are cold-natured.
Duct Tape-Because it comes in handy in a pinch in so many different ways.
Durable and Waterproof Flashlight-With the short number of daylight hours during the winter, it is likely in the event of a problem on the road, you may be working in low light conditions. A flashlight with a hand crank is a good idea so that you are not dependent on batteries for operation. It is also a bonus if it has solar power capabilities that you can use during those precious daylight hours.
Extra Clothes–Put an extra sweatshirt, jacket, hat, pair of pants, several pair of socks, and thermal underwear in your vehicle. You may need them if you are out in the elements for a while, get wet doing a car repair, or in case you are stuck in your vehicle without heat.
First Aid Kit-Because medical emergencies can easily happen while on the road and be escalated by extreme conditions in winter.
Hand Crank/Solar Weather Radio-Conditions outside can change quickly during the winter so it is crucial to keep up with weather information, especially during an emergency situation. Many radios, such as the one below, include added features such as a flashlight and a smart phone charger.
Hand and Feet Warmers-Great for helping keeping the digits warm if you are going to be out in the cold for a bit.
High Energy Snacks-Keep in car this winter something energy-packed to eat in case you get stranded.
Ice Scraper/Snow Brush–Because ice and snow come with the territory in many places during the winter, you need the tools to clean a windshield off quickly.
Jumper Cables-Get your or someone else’s car battery up and going when you need it most during cold weather. Look for cables that have enough length to make hooking them up to two vehicles easy.
Recovery Strap-Can be helpful if your vehicle has slide just off the road and you need to get it back on quickly. ***(Make sure that if you carry a recovery strap, that you learn how to properly use it for vehicle retrieval, because improper use can lead to serious injury).
Reflective Roadside Markers-Car trouble got you pulled off on the edge of the road? Make sure that other drivers see your vehicle in plenty of time to avoid you.
Sandbag or Two-Keep some sand handy should you need to use it to help your tires get traction.
Water Bottles-It is easier than you think to get dehydrated in winter conditions.
By keeping the proper supplies in your car this winter, you will be prepared for those unforeseen situations that can arise.
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