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10 items to carry in your car this winter

Posted: 6:16 PM, Nov 20, 2016
Updated: 2016-11-21 00:04:57Z

Much of the United States saw their first round of winter and snow this weekend, but this is just the beginning. The question is: Is your car ready for this winter?

Here are 10 items you should keep in your vehicle during the winter months: 

  1. Ice scraper - A snow and ice scraper with a long handle and brush will make cleaning your car off much easier. 
  2. Windshield washer fluid - This will help keep your windshield clear of salt and snow. 
  3. Flashlight - You may need this in case your vehicle breaks down after dark.
  4. Blanket - If your car battery dies you'll be glad this is in your trunk. 
  5. First-aid kit - Whatever the season, it's always a good idea to keep a first-aid kit on hand.
  6. Food and water - If you become stranded during a storm, it's important to stay hydrated and energized.
  7. Jumper cables - You'll need these in case your battery dies. 
  8. Shovel - Sometimes there's no alternative but to shovel if your car becomes stuck.
  9. Sand or cat litter - You may need to throw one of these items on the snow under your tires to help gain traction. 
  10. Flares - If your car breaks down or you become stranded these can help alert others near you.

The law enforcement also recommends keeping at least a half tank of gas in your car at all times during the winter.