It’s getting deeper into the time of year where we start to drive long distances through potentially hazardous winter weather. It is more important during these times to be prepared, as help may not come as quick as when the roads are clear. So following that good old Boy Scout motto “Be Prepared” I’m going to place my thoughts on what you should have in your Winter Car Kit. I’d like to mention that my car kit consists of these items contained within a small Rubbermaid “Action Packer” which can be picked up for around $25. To modify the old saying, an ounce of preparation is worth a pound of well-being (or something to that effect).
So, for starters, lets take a look at what your normal car kit should have:
- Basic First Aid Kit (for minor cuts, scrapes, burns)
- Ideally, this is just for the little stuff you will inflict upon yourself from being clumsy working under the hood.
- You might also want to add some kind of hand-sanitizer or cleaner.
- Put this in a gallon sized ziploc bag.
- Flashlight (extra batteries are always a good idea)
- I’d have to say the 2x AA MagLites are perfect for this kit, though, if you want something smaller there’s a MagLite “Solitare” that uses 1x AAA battery.
- I carry a 2x D-cell MagLite in my vehicle at all times, with an extra pair of batteries in the glove compartment. It’s size and weight has made it useful as a makeshift hammer to be used on my starter solenoid when the vehicle wouldn’t crank, such that I got it working so I could roll into the mechanic.
- Add the small flashlight to your glove compartment. If you keep a larger flashlight I’d recommend keeping it up beside you, or under you at the driver’s seat.
- Jumper Cables
- You always need them when you don’t have them, and someone else usually needs them when you have them. You might as well keep them so at a minimum you can do your good turn of the day.
- Put these inside the Action Packer.
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