Does your car have a Winter Survival Kit?

by | Feb 7, 2024 | Car Safety

The winter storm we experienced just this month brought back memories of a few years ago when local motorists got stuck in a snowstorm on I-95 for many hours. For those not prepared for winter driving it turned into a terrifying experience. Drivers had no water, they ran out of gas, and were cold and hungry. Be prepared for this kind of situation by preparing a “winter safety kit” for your car. Here are 11 things you should include in your winter survival kit:

  1. Warm clothes like gloves, hats, scarves, socks, hiking boots and a blanket/sleeping bag.
  2. Hand warmers and chemical toe warmers.
  3. Emergency poncho to keep you dry.
  4. Jumper cables or portable jump starter
  5. Flashlight with extra batteries
  6. First-aid kit for minor injuries or medical emergencies.
  7. Cell phone charger or portable power device
  8. High-calorie snacks like granola bars, dried fruit, and nuts.
  9. Bottled water to stay hydrated.
  10. Ice scraper and snow brush to clean off your car.
  11. Sand or kitty litter to provide traction.

Make sure your kit is in an easily accessible location, like the trunk or under the front seat. Having a winter survival kit will give you peace of mind and can make a difference during a winter emergency like getting stranded on the highway.


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About Brian England

Brian England, the current president of BA Auto Care (formerly British American Auto Care), got his start with an auto apprenticeship in a small town in northwest of London. He came to the U.S. in 1972 to work for a Land Rover dealer in Rockville, MD. A few years later, he started British American Auto Care with his wife, Jennifer. Brian is a big believe in preventative maintenance, and his philosophy is to encourage and educate drivers on the benefits of a regular maintenance plan.