6 Things your winter emergency road kit needs to have

By: Auto Gallery of Winnipeg   |   19 Nov 2018

You never know when you may be involved in an emergency situation or come across somebody else who is, and winter’s harsh and challenging conditions can make being prepared a life and death matter. Make sure that you are ready for anything when you are out on the roads this winter by packing the following key elements in your winter emergency road kit.

  1. Food

Whether you come across construction, an accident, or harsh weather conditions, it is easy to find yourself stuck on the road for longer than expected during winter, and having a decent supply of food on board can make a big difference. For obvious reasons, non-perishable items are best – such as canned fruit, chocolate, nuts, protein bars, and jerky – so make sure that you and your mob won’t go hungry if you get stuck somewhere unexpectedly.

  1. Water

Considering that the average person needs roughly 2 litres of water each day to be anywhere close to their best, it is wise to always have a decent supply of water on board with you, especially if you are travelling more than a very short distance. To prevent those crucial water supplies from freezing before you have a chance to drink them, store your water in insulated containers whenever possible.

  1. Warmth

No matter how far you are going, if your ride’s heater stops working this winter you will need a way to provide your own warmth; otherwise, you may find yourself dealing with dangerously cold conditions in a hurry. Start by packing extra clothes, gloves, socks, toques and blankets, and if you are heading somewhere particularly remote, carrying things like waterproof matches, paper, an axe, and even kindling will mean that you can start a fire if you need to.

  1. Light

The sun goes down extremely early during winter, making it vital that you have a way to provide your own source of light; if not, you can be left rather helpless if your ride lets you down when you are out in the dark on the road somewhere. Invest in a quality flashlight or a headlamp; keep it in your vehicle at all times; and pack an extra set of batteries in a waterproof container, just in case.

  1. First Aid supplies

Accidents can and do happen when you least expect them, making it crucial that you are always ready, willing, and able to perform your own first aid if necessary. Keeping a well-stocked first aid kit on board at all times is a savvy move, and be sure to include extra supplies of any prescription medication that you or your passengers may need. Ideally, you should have at least one first aid trained person on board at all times as well.

  1. Tools

A few of the right tools can make a world of difference and the following should be considered essential elements of any winter emergency road kit;

  • Jumper cables

  • A portable shovel

  • Duct tape

  • A fire extinguisher

  • A tow strap

  • A Roadside Assistance Membership

  • An extra cell phone battery

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