Winter Road-Side Safety Kit 

The Boy Scouts of America's motto, "Be prepared," might not directly refer to driving, but it certainly applies! From anticipating other drivers' moves to knowing how to get from point A to point B, preparedness equals safety. Especially in extreme weather, drivers have to be ready for anything. Sliding on ice, encountering snow squalls, and other winter weather may mean pulling off the road and waiting out harsh conditions. Hopefully being road-side is a temporary safety measure and not involuntary; either way, drivers should be prepared by keeping a Winter Road-Side Safety Kit in their cars. Every vehicle should already have a First Aid kit, and if space and budget permit, chains for tires and a big shovel are great additions, but these basic items will come in handy, too: 

  • Warm blanket 
  • Drinking water 
  • Jumper cables 
  • Windshield wiper fluid that works in sub-zero temperatures 
  • Ice scraper 
  • Kitty litter (for traction on ice) 
  • Travel toolbox that includes things like pliers, screwdriver, and pocketknife
  • Flashlight 
 No matter your winter destination, may you arrive safely! 

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