A Winter Car Safety Kit Checklist

How to be prepared for driving in the snow, sleet, and ice.

Slippery or snow-covered roads, reduced visibility and the cold: these are all conditions that can make winter driving difficult. They are also the conditions that can make getting stuck in the snow or a car breakdown treacherous if unprepared. But, with an emergency kit for your car, you could find yourself back on the road quicker if you run into problems.

Winter safety kit checklist

With flurries in the forecast for much of Canada, now is the time to put together your winter car kit. And, to help you get ready, we've listed a few of the most common items you should consider including in it.

  • Ice scraper and brush
  • Collapsible shovel
  • Sand, salt or kitty litter (non-clumping)
  • Tow rope or chain
  • Jumper cables
  • Warning light, roadside reflectors or road flares
  • Whistle
  • Road maps
  • Roll of paper towels
  • Flashlight and batteries, or a wind-up flashlight
  • Screwdriver and duct tape
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Candle 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

While it may seem like a lot to haul around, you can pack your customized kit into a plastic storage bin (or two) to keep your trunk organized. That way, you'll know where to find everything. And, if you don't want to build your own kit, you can also buy one. If you decide to go this route, look over what's included in the kit and add any items that you think are missing and necessary.

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Updated annually when the snow starts to fly.

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