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Emergency Kit for Your Car this Winter

Monday, January 30th, 2017

The Reno Tahoe area has had one of the most extreme winters that we have had in years. With a flurry of winter storms, it has become even more important to winterize your car and prepare for emergencies. If you end up stuck in a storm, slid off the road, or in an accident, you may end up stranded in severe temperatures. In these situations, it’s important to prepare beforehand with the proper emergency car kit.

At Louie’s Ace Hardware, we carry all the essentials that you need to create an emergency kit for your car. Here’s the items we recommend carrying for winter safety in case you get stuck in a blizzard.

Basic Car Safety Kit:

This is the basic kit that we recommend having in your car year-round. These essentials also serve in cold weather too. If you need to replenish your safety kit, it’s a good idea to do this before heading out into any kind of severe weather.

  1. Water

  2. Good first aid kit

  3. Basic car tool kit

  4. Spare tire

  5. Good pair of jumper cables

Cold Weather Bag for Winter Emergencies: 

In addition to your basics, we also recommend having a cold weather bag, specifically stocked with emergency items needed in a blizzard. Here’s some items that you should keep in your vehicle this winter:

  1. Water (take fresh water into car that isn’t frozen during each trip)

  2. Snacks

  3. Battery charger for phone

  4. Flashlights

  5. Rescue tool (with seatbelt cutter to easily escape car)

  6. Back-up phone

  7. Ice scraper

  8. Flairs

  9. Maps

  10. Portable shovel

  11. Emergency blanket

  12. Emergency candle

  13. Matches

  14. Tow cables

  15. Repair manual (keep this in your car always)

  16. Tarp/fire Starter kit (if you need to leave the car)

  17. Duct tape (this can be used for many purposes)

Emergency Items for Your Glove Box:

In the case of an emergency, you may not be able to access all areas of your car. Keeping your glove box stocked with safety items can give you quicker access to a few basics.

  1. Contact book with phone numbers

  2. Pen

  3. Poncho

  4. Aspirin

  5. Mini first aid kid

  6. Hand warmers

  7. Plastic bags/wipes (for sanitation)

Winter Clothing for Your Car: 

In case you must exit your car or walk to get help, it’s important to have proper winter clothing and layers that can keep you warm in freezing temperatures.

  1. Warm sweater

  2. Jacket

  3. Hats

  4. Gloves

  5. Layers

We hope this check-list helps you prepare for winter storms. Stop by Louie’s for all your winterizing needs. We’d love to help you put together your next emergency kit and choose the right items for your vehicle.

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