When winter arrives and the holiday season is upon us, many of us hit the road to drive and see loved ones. Whether you’re celebrating Thanksgiving or Christmas, going down the road, or crossing states, as temperatures begin to drop, you need to ensure you have everything you need for any weather condition.
With that in mind, here are five items you should always pack for winter drives.
One of the most crucial items you must have in your car during a winter drive is a sturdy ice scraper. Depending on where you live in the country, you can never be too sure about the weather conditions. If snow is forecast, having an ice scraper at hand will mean you’re well prepared. Ice and snow on cars are incredibly dangerous. This is because it may obstructive your view, or potentially fly off and hit another vehicle. Before setting off, you must clear your entire vehicle of ice or snow to reduce the risk of a car accident.
If you’re heading on a long-distance journey, it doesn’t hurt to pack a couple of blankets in your luggage. Make sure you have a blanket in your car, as should you end up lost or in an accident, it will get cold very quickly, especially if you can’t turn your car’s engine on. Also, your car’s heater may play up, so having a blanket to wrap around you and your loved ones will help keep you warm.
Canada is notorious for getting lots of snow, so should you awake to find your car is covered in the stuff, having a shovel in your trunk will be useful. A collapsible or small shovel can also come in handy should your vehicle get stuck in the snow.
Torch and Spare Batteries
If there’s one thing we associate with winter, it’s the short days and long nights. This means you could be getting in and out of your vehicle in the pitch dark. Therefore, having a torch and a set of spare batteries with you will improve visibility and decrease the risk of a slip and fall.
First Aid Kit
While it’s always advisable to have a fully stocked first aid kit in your vehicle, during the winter months it’s more important than ever. Hazardous road conditions and poor visibility are accidents waiting to happen, so should you get injured, you will have plasters, sterile wipes, and dressings to treat minor wounds until medical aid arrives.
Before hitting the road, it’s important your smartphone is fully charged. Whether you use it as a satnav to get you to your destination, staying in touch with loved ones, or as a form of entertainment to play social games, you need to have plenty of battery to keep you connected.
If you’re heading on a long journey, it’s wise to pack bottled water to keep you and your loved ones hydrated. Should you get stranded along the way, you could end up waiting a while for assistance. Having water and snacks will come in handy in these situations.
Whether you’re heading on a family winter vacation or traveling to visit loved ones, make sure your car is packed with the essentials before heading out on your trip.