STOCK YOUR VEHICLE
Items to carry in your vehicle to handle common winter driving-related tasks and help in an emergency.
Oftentimes, your battery is the first thing to go in the winter.
Tire chains and a tow rope
Many roads have chain restrictions during the winter. A tow rope can be the best way to get your car out if it gets stuck.
A small shovel
If your vehicle gets stuck, this can help you dig out.
Reflectors or flares
These can help make you visible to other vehicles if you are stopped or stuck on the shoulder.
Flashlight and extra batteries
Essential after dark and in areas without lighting.
Extra winter clothes
If something goes wrong and you're stuck, you don't want to be wearing flip flops and shorts.
First aid kit and important medications
You'll be able to treat minor injuries.
Battery, solar or crank-powered radio
This can help you listen to emergency radio broadcasts.
Fresh water and non-perishable food
If you're stranded, you'll need food and water. Don't forget food and water for pets traveling with you.
Emergency blanket or sleeping bag
These can offer protection from the cold if you are stranded.
Extra cloth or paper towels
They can help with clean up if necessary.
Chemical hand warmers
These can really make a difference if you're out in the cold for a long time.