How prepared are you for winter driving? If you don't have a roadside emergency kit, you could be taking an unnecessary risk. Drive safe and keep a few basic items handy in your car; you could find yourself getting back on the road quicker if you ever run into problems while out and about. Here is a list of some of the items you might want to consider keeping in your car.

Vehicle safety kit checklist

  • Cell phone and recharger (remember, if you're going to make a call, pull over to the side of the road first.)
  • Phone list of friends, family, doctors, neighbours and towing companies
  • Ice scraper and brush
  • Collapsible shovel
  • Sand, salt or kitty litter (non clumping)
  • Tow rope or chain
  • Jumper cables or a portable charger pack
  • Warning light, roadside reflectors or road flares
  • Whistle
  • Reflective safety vest
  • Road maps
  • Roll of paper towels
  • Flashlight and batteries, or a wind-up flashlight
  • Screw driver and duct tape
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Candle, a deep can (to put the candle in) and waterproof matches
  • First-aid kit
  • Blanket
  • Extra clothing, gloves, a hat and footwear
  • Emergency food pack (include non-perishable items like granola bars, nuts and bottled water)
  • Properly inflated spare tire
  • Wheel wrench and jack
  • Extra windshield washer fluid and antifreeze

No matter what the season, you have to be prepared for anything Mother Nature throws at you. Too often people only have a car safety kit in their vehicle for the winter. Keep it in your car for the whole year because you never know when you might need it. Drive safe, drive prepared with a vehicle safety kit.

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