Must-have Items for Your Car to Keep You Safe This Winter

(NC) With the cold closing in, it’s important to understand the risks freezing weather can pose to your home, yard and vehicle. Beyond topping up on anti-freeze and switching your tires, there are several things you can do to prepare yourself for winter driving.

“Being prepared with a well-stocked first aid kit, snow removal tools and a battery-powered phone charger can provide security for yourself or others should your vehicle break down in a remote area during cold weather,” says Lisa Purves, director of personal lines at Intact Insurance.

You can’t always predict a turn in the weather and its consequences. Warm clothing and blankets are essential items to keep handy for emergency situations. Standard items like scissors, bandages and a flashlight mean you are prepared for a potentially extended wait for help.

Along with equipping yourself for winter, you can also outfit your vehicle with jumper cables, de-icing salt and ropes, which may be what you need to get un-stuck from a patch of ice.

Whether you’re heading out on a short journey or long winter road trip, make sure you are prepared for the unexpected.

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