Major Winter Storm? Here’s the Emergency Gear You Need in Your Car

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That recent ice storm in the South wreaked havoc on traffic, stranding countless Atlanta motorists in their cars for many hours, even overnight.

Mariano Castillo, a CNN editor, recounted on its website:

I have given up my stubborn plan to make it home and have a cup of hot cocoa no matter the time. I found a 24-hour Taco Bell, spent my last $5 on a quesadilla and am closing my eyes in my trusty RAV4. I wonder what I will awake to.

His was one of many frightening stories in the CNN report. In a way, Castillo was lucky because his car was not disabled and he was able to park off the highway. Also, there wasn’t a child or a physically impaired person in the vehicle.

The bottom line: As the winter weather continues to howl, consider rejuvenating your auto’s emergency kit. The supplies will at least make you more comfortable if you’re stranded, and could save your life.

Here are ideas for your car kit from our often snowbound friends at ReadyWisconsin.com and AAA.com/Colorado:

  • Shovel, snow scraper and small broom.
  • Flashlight with extra batteries (make sure batteries are fresh!).
  • Battery-powered radio.
  • Water.
  • Raisins and mini candy bars.
  • Extra hats, socks, mittens.
  • First aid kit with pocket knife.
  • Necessary medications.
  • Hand-warming packets.
  • Blankets or sleeping bag.
  • Tow chain or rope.
  • Road salt, sand, or cat litter for traction.
  • Jumper cables.
  • Emergency flares and reflectors.
  • Fluorescent distress flag and whistle to attract attention.
  • Cellphone adapter.
  • Rags or paper towels.
  • Tire chains.

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  • Jason

    That’s a good list and I have most of those items in my car. I don’t know why one would need cat litter for traction if you also have snow chains. Another item I would add is boots. It is not fun trying to shovel out of push a car in dress shoes.