How to Build Your Own Winter Emergency Kit

Content of a winter emergency car kitSnow-covered roads, low visibility and the risk of your car battery dying are some problematic conditions that can make driving in cold winter months challenging for drivers. Winter also increases the risk of getting stranded away from home, which is why our expert technicians at Budds’ Chevrolet Buick GMC recommend carrying a winter emergency kit. A survival kit mainly includes different tools, accessories and other essentials that make winter travel much easier and more convenient. Follow along to learn what you should add to your survival kit to get through the extremely cold winter conditions smoothly. 

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What to Carry in Your Winter Survival Kit

A complete emergency car kit must have a balance of everything you may need on the road in winter. This could range from winter safety and emergency equipment to snacks and extra clothing. Please note that emergencies can happen anytime and everywhere, so you should always prepare for the worst-case scenario to tackle everything that may come your way. To help you get through challenging situations easily until any assistance or help reaches you, here’s what you need to carry in your car survival kit: 

  • Small LED flashlight
  • Extra gallon of winter windshield fluid
  • Pair of jumper cables
  • Portable cell phone charger or power bank 
  • Portable air compressor
  • A small pack of safety absorbents like sand or winter salt 
  • First aid kit 
  • Simple toolbox with a screwdriver, adjustable wrench and duct tape
  • Roadmaps, in case the built-in multimedia system fails to operate 
  • Small shovel, snowbrush and scraper 
  • Extra clothing, shoes and winter boots 
  • Warm blanket 
  • Food (such as snacks like energy bars or chocolate)
  • Candle-powered heater 
  • Tow ropes
  • Warning lights, road flares or a whistle to attract attention or call for help 
  • Tire gauge to check the inflation pressure 
  • Multimeter to check battery charge

Learn Winter Auto Maintenance Tips at Budds’ Chev

Winters can get tricky for you and your car, so you should always keep some of these top auto maintenance tips at the back of your mind. Book an appointment with the expert technicians at Budds’ Chevrolet Buick GMC or visit our service centre in Oakville, ON, to learn how you can take care of your vehicle this winter.