Making a Winter Survival Kit for Your Car

While all drivers dread the prospect of breaking down, you can maintain peace of mind by keeping useful items on hand in case the worst happens. Even if you wind up on the side of the road in the middle of winter, you'll be prepared with these helpful tools.

Common winter hazards include getting stuck on slippery surfaces and a dead battery. Keep a portable battery charger or jumper cables in your trunk, along with some cat litter and a shovel for traction and to free yourself from packed snow. Including year-round items like duct tape, a flashlight and spare batteries, snacks, water, a blanket, some tools, and emergency flares are also ideal. You should also add a battery-powered cell phone charger and a first aid kit to your glove box in case of injury.

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