Preparing for Winter Emergencies: 5 Things to Keep in Your Trunk
Winter is coming whether we want it to or not so it is important to prepare for it. While we often make sure our homes are ready for winter, we neglect to make sure we have what we need in our car in case of a winter emergency. Here are some things you should keep in your trunk to make sure you are prepared for any situation.
Cell Phone Charger
There is nothing worse than realizing your phone is running low on battery when you are not close to home. Cold weather can use up battery power quickly so it is important to make sure you have backup. There are a few things you can have to make sure your cell phone stays charged. First, keep a charger that plugs into the cigarette lighter. This will keep your phone charged while the car is running. You also want to keep an extra portable battery charger in the car to use if your car stops working.
If your car breaks down it means your heater won’t work either. Keep some blankets in your trunk or the backseat so you can stay warm if you need to wait for help. You can use an old wool blanket from the house and just tuck it in the back seat or the trunk. Wool is warm and better than cotton or fleece when the weather turns cold.
There are a few reasons you should keep a working flashlight in the car. If you ever need to change a tire or take a look under the hood at night, you’ll need light, and it could also be used as a way to signal for help if you end up off the road. A headlamp will come in handy if you need to keep your hands free to work on the car, and a LED flashlight that doesn’t suck up a lot of battery is also a good idea.
If you live in an area where it there is a lot of snow, it is a good idea to keep a shovel in the car during the winter. This will come in handy if you slide off the road during a storm. You can use it to dig out your wheels if needed or dig yourself out of a snow bank. There are compact snow shovels available that don’t take up much space in your trunk and could mean the difference between getting back on the road and on your way or sitting and waiting for help.
Extra Gloves or Mittens
Make sure you have a warm pair of mittens or gloves in the car. The lighter gloves are more comfortable for driving are not warm enough if you get stranded. It is also a good idea to keep these inside the car so they stay warm while you are driving.
It is important to prepare for all kinds of weather and driving conditions in the winter. Keeping emergency supplies in your vehicle can make a big difference and help keep you safe if something goes wrong.