Winter Is Not Going Away … Prepare Your Car for Emergencies

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This time it’s Winter Storm Linus walloping the country’s north and northeast.

After dumping some 19 inches of snow in the Chicago area, the bad boy was hitting New England with snow and ice, promising power outages and hazardous driving conditions throughout the region, according to

The question is, are you prepared? As winter continues to howl, be sure to restock your auto’s emergency kit. If you’re ever stranded, the supplies will at least make you more comfortable and could save your life.

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Here are ideas for your car kit from our often snowbound friends at

  • 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 pocketknife.
  • 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.

  • Mackenzie Hayes

    I add tire air checker