As temperatures drop and winter storms become more frequent, drivers must be prepared for the challenges of winter driving in the Northeast. Whether it’s a sudden snowstorm or icy conditions, having the right emergency supplies can make all the difference.
Before you set out on a winter drive, check your tires to ensure they are inflated properly, top off your gas tank and check your windshield wipers and fluid. When preparing emergency kits, consider keeping supplies inside your car and in your vehicle’s trunk.
Car Winter Emergency Kit
A well-thought-out car winter emergency kit is your first line of defense when braving the winter roads. Here’s a checklist of items to keep in your car.
- Thermal blankets
- Hand warmers
- Flashlights and extra batteries
- Ice scraper and snow brush
- Jumper cables
- Portable power bank to charge cell phone
- First-aid kit
- Reflective triangles and a high-visibility vest
- Water and non-perishable snacks
- List of emergency contacts
Cold Weather Car Safety Kit
Your cold weather car safety kit should be kept in your trunk and can include additional items specific to dealing with low temperatures, including the following:
- Antifreeze—This can keep your engine running smoothly in cold weather.
- Windshield washer fluid—Opt for a winter blend that won’t freeze.
- Portable shovel—Use this for digging your car out of snow.
- Traction aids—Sand or cat litter can help if you get stuck.
- Tow strap—This can help if your car must be pulled from a ditch.
Being well-prepared with emergency car supplies for winter can significantly increase your safety and comfort during winter travels. The key to safe winter driving is not just in how you drive but also in how well you prepare.
How to Get Appropriate Car Insurance
Driving in severe winter weather can result in accidents. Review your current auto insurance with your agent to identify gaps in coverage. Depending on the type of car you drive and its value, your agent may recommend uninsured/underinsured motorist, collision and comprehensive coverage to help pay to repair or replace your vehicle after an accident. They may also recommend adding auto glass coverage, roadside assistance and towing coverage to your current auto insurance policy to help mitigate the potential financial impact of mishaps while driving.
Contact Johl & Company in Westwood, New Jersey, to review your auto insurance policy and compare multiple quotes. Our experienced team of agents can help you get appropriate personal or commercial car insurance coverage at favorable rates.
This blog is intended for informational and educational use only. It is not exhaustive and should not be construed as legal advice. Please contact your insurance professional for further information.