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Essential Items You Need In Your Car For Cold Weather Preparedness

Well, we can’t deny it or ignore it any longer— winter weather is here.  And with the cold weather comes the need to be prepared when traveling on the road.  Below we will list a few items you may want to consider in order to be properly prepared in case of an emergency on the roads.

Snow Shovel

A snow shovel can come in very handy for those times when you find yourself stuck in a snow bank or on the side of the road.

Windshield Scraper/Broom

A very useful and handy item for when the snow is really coming down, and you need to keep your windshield cleared.

Flashlight With Extra Batteries

Keep in mind that daylight is not the only time you may be stranded or stuck.  When stuck at night, a flashlight will quickly become your best friend.

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Water

Staying properly hydrated is of crucial importance during the cold weather.  It is also a good idea to have plenty of water on hand, so that if you are exerting yourself trying to dig or push your vehicle out.

Energy Bars

You will be glad you have these if you are stranded for any time at all.  Although the nutritional value isn’t the best, they will give you the energy to get what you need to be done.

Extra Warm Clothing

This pretty much goes without saying.  In extremely low temperatures, with extra added warm clothing, your body will be able to keep the necessary temperature it needs to function.

Image: American Red Cross

First Aid Kit

No one wants to think that they will need a first aid kit, but like the boy scouts say always be prepared.

Knife

This handy little item can provide many uses.  From first aid to opening food packets, to even if needed a means of self-defense.

Other items worth mentioning include candles, matches, blankets and sleeping bags.  With any luck, you will never be in the position to need these items, but if you find that you are, you will be grateful to have them.