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Winter Car Emergency Survival Kit List and Preparedness Tips

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The danger level on roads across the United States increases every winter – but you can be prepared with a winter car roadside emergency kit.

Car roadside kits specific to winter road conditions will help keep you and your family safe in the event of an accident or breakdown, with Fuel’s Mayday Industries Road Warrior car survival kits including winter-specific survival gear like folding shovel’s, super long 12′ jumper cables, emergency blanket’s and much more.

The first step in winter road safety and preparedness however is to do everything that you can to prepare and make sure that you don’t end up stranded in deadly winter conditions in the first place. Often overlooked is to prepare by winterizing your car to make sure that it can handle harsh winter weather conditions on your roads and keep your family safe.

According to ready.gov, be sure that you or a certified mechanic do the following preventative checks before heading out:

  • Antifreeze levels – ensure they are sufficient to avoid freezing.
  • Battery and ignition system – should be in top condition and battery terminals should be clean.
  • Brakes – check for wear and fluid levels.
  • Exhaust system – check for leaks and crimped pipes and repair or replace as necessary. Carbon monoxide is deadly and usually gives no warning.
  • Fuel and air filters – replace and keep water out of the system by using additives and maintaining a full tank of gas. A full tank will keep the fuel line from freezing.
  • Heater and defroster – ensure they work properly.
  • Lights and flashing hazard lights – check for serviceability.
  • Oil - check for level and weight. Heavier oils congeal more at low temperatures and do not lubricate as well.
  • Thermostat – ensure it works properly.
  • Windshield wiper equipment – repair any problems and maintain proper washer fluid level.
  • Install good winter tires – Make sure the tires have adequate tread. All-weather radials are usually adequate for most winter conditions. However, some jurisdictions require that to drive on their roads, vehicles must be equipped with chains or snow tires with studs.

Do you have a winter car emergency roadside kit? If not check out Fuel’s Standard Winter Emergency Car Kit and Deluxe Winter Emergency Car Kit. Or, if you already have a car emergency roadside kit then consider upgrading it with the following items for your winter specific needs on the list below.

Car emergency survival kit list add-ons from ready.gov, winter specific items to add to your existing car survival kit.

  • a shovel
  • windshield scraper and small broom
  • flashlight
  • battery powered radio
  • extra batteries
  • water
  • snack food
  • matches
  • extra hats, socks and mittens
  • first aid kit with pocket knife
  • necessary medications
  • blanket(s)
  • tow chain or rope
  • road salt and sand
  • booster cables
  • emergency flares
  • fluorescent distress flag

Remember, winter safety begins with preparation by making sure that your car is fully winterized and as reliable as it can be while driving in winter weather conditions and next is to prepare for the worst by putting together your own car roadside kit or purchasing one of Fuel’s high-quality winter roadside car emergency survival kits that have all of the gear you need to keep safe in the event of an accident or breakdown.