You keep your home stocked with emergency supplies. (Right?)
What about your car?
During winter, extreme weather and road conditions can lead to all kinds of trouble when you’re commuting or traveling — crashes, being stranded, getting lost or stuck. And cold temperatures make those situations more dangerous than usual.
So keep a stockpile of emergency items in your car, just like you do in your house. In the best-case scenarios, you’ll never have to use them or they’ll help keep you comfortable for an hour or so while you wait for a tow truck to arrive. But, if you’re ever caught in a truly sticky situation, they just might be key to your survival.
The folks at the Wisconsin Emergency Management agency, as you can imagine, are quite familiar with the perils of winter travel. So don’t just take our word for it. Here are some of their recommendations for what to keep in your car to help keep you safe in the snow and ice:
Your kit doesn’t have to be limited to the above, of course. Feel free to add items that suit your individual needs. But, most importantly, keep the kit in your car at all times — and then keep these additional safety tips in mind:
Remember, it doesn’t take much time or money to prepare an emergency kit. It’s the potential cost of not having one that is enormous.
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