How to Survive a Winter Car Emergency

Winter is almost here, which means it is time to start preparing for the cold weather. The extreme temperatures and weather conditions of the winter increase your chances of having a car emergency. The only way you are going to be able to comfortably survive a winter car emergency is by properly stocking your car with the right supplies. These are the seven things every must have in their trunk to survive a winter car emergency.


You might be stranded for long time before help arrives, so you need something to keep you warm while you wait. Sitting on the side of the road is bad enough, so you do not want to make it worse by freezing at the same time. Fleece fabric blankets will provide the best comfort in the cold temperatures.

Non-perishable Food

Since you do not know how long you may have to wait after a winter car emergency, it is a good idea to have some food in your trunk. Non-perishable items like granola bars and beef jerky are perfect survival emergency foods. Their long shelf life allows you to store them in your trunk for several years. They are also great sources of protein, so your hunger pains should go away fairly quickly.

Jumper Cables

It is not uncommon for a car battery to need an extra jump to start in extremely cold temperatures. If you do not have jumper cables in your car, then you will have to wait until you find someone else willing to help. Keeping jumper cables will let you get back on the road in minutes after suffering a dead battery.

Extra Clothes

While you will most likely be dressed for the cold weather, it is still a good idea to have some extra clothes in the car this winter. If you are forced to work on the car in the snow, then there is a very good chance that your clothes will get wet. Wearing wet clothes in cold weather is a great way to get frost bite or hypothermia. Quickly changing into the spare clothes will keep you warm until you get back home. You can also put the extra clothes on over your current outfit to provide even more warmth.

Bag of Sand

This may seem like an odd choice, but there are several ways a bag of sand can come in handy in the winter. A bag of sand in the trunk will help you all winter, and it can even help you prevent a car emergency before it happens. A bag of sand in the trunk provides extra weight to the car. This extra weight gives your tires more traction on the slippery winter roads, so you will be able to handle your car much easier. If you do get stuck in a snow bank on the side of the road, then you spread some of the sand under your tires for extra traction. This extra traction provided by the sand may be the only way you are able to get out of a snow bank without the help of a tow truck.


A flashlight should be kept in the car no matter the time of year. It can be nearly impossible to work on your car at night if you do not have a flashlight. You can also attract the help of other drivers using the flashlight. Make sure to check the batteries every few months to guarantee your flashlight works when you need it the most.

First Aid Kit

Driving on ice or snow greatly increases your risk of getting in an accident, and injuries can occur in almost any accident. Keeping a first aid kit in the car will allow you to attend to the injury until professional help arrives. If you use anything in the first aid kit, then you need to make sure it is replaced the next day.

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