• Fox Reliable Team

10 things to keep in your car this winter

Winter has arrived!

Not only do you sometimes contend with deteriorating road conditions because of snow and ice, but life-threatening situations can arise if you find yourself stranded on the road for a significant amount of time.

Here are some tips to help you prepare and make your wintertime travels safer.

It is always helpful to have the following in your car in case of an emergency:

  1. A cellphone

  2. Portable charger

  3. Jumper cables

  4. Blankets

  5. Extra layers of clothing such as hats, coats and mittens

  6. A flashlight

  7. Extra batteries

  8. A first-aid kit

  9. Water and nonperishable snacks

  10. A windshield scraper

In addition to your own preparations for bad weather, make sure your car is ready, too. Snow can block your vision and ice can cause slippery roads, so remember this:

  • Keep a full gas tank.

  • Make sure your antifreeze levels are sufficient.

  • Ensure that the heater and defroster work properly.

  • Check fluid levels and brake pads.

For more safety precautions, visit the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's winter weather checklist and Department of Homeland Security's car safety page.