Q: What items should I keep in my winter emergency kit?
Snowy winters can be extremely dangerous for drivers, especially those who are used to “green winters.” In general, Vancouver winters are mild, with snow falling occasionally and rarely sticking around for any length of time. However, with the increased snow patterns that have been affecting North America, Canadians have an increased chance of seeing and being forced to drive in heavy snow. As a result, many are unsure of how to prepare themselves and their cars for these dangerous, snowy conditions.
Following is a checklist of items you should always have in your car, especially during the winter months, to help prevent you in case you are stranded on the road.
- First aid kit
- Snow brush and ice scraper
- Extra windshield wiper fluid
- Booster cables
- Flash light with extra batteries and warning lights
- Salt, sand, or kitty litter for traction
- Key defroster
- Blanket and a warm change of clothes in case you have to wait for help to arrive
- Cell phone and charger
- Non-perishable snacks
- Water in a container that will not be damaged if it freezes
Even if you do not think the weather in B.C. warrants such a drastic emergency kit, there is no harm in being prepared.
Have you already been hurt in an accident you were not prepared for? I encourage you to contact us today to schedule a free consultation or download a complimentary copy of our report entitled I've Been in a Car Accident, What Should I Do?