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Items To Keep in Your Car During Winter

  • Posted by Barrington Hills
  • On January 17, 2019

We are at the midpoint of the winter season without much snow.  Depending on who you speak with, this is a positive or negative.  Anyone who has experienced our area’s weather knows a storm’s severity can materialize without warning. AAA Roadside Assistance recommends keeping the following items in your car just in case one gets stuck in the snow:

  • Jumper Cables
  • Cell Phone Charger That Plugs Into Your Car
  • Flashlight With Extra Batteries
  • Flares or Reflective Triangles
  • First-Aid Kit, Blankets, Extra Clothes Including Boots, a Hat and Hand Warmers
  • Non-Perishable Foods, Bottled Water or Sports Drinks* (*AAA points out sports drinks don’t freeze as easily as water).
  • Snow Shovel, Snow Brush, Ice Scraper, Paper Towels and Windshield Washer Fluid
  • Kitty Litter or Sand

Of course, before beginning your travels, make sure there’s at least a half-tank of gas in your car and that your wiper blades are in good working order. Routine car maintenance is highly advised: check the levels of your battery’s charge, motor oil, and the tires’ air pressure.  Keep your headlights clean and ensure they are properly functioning so that not only you can see the road ahead but that others can see you.

Being prepared is the best defense. For the area forecast, visit accuweather.com.  Safe travels!