Safety Tips for Driving in the Snow

Temperatures have decreased rapidly over the past few weeks with some snow storms in between. Here are a few basic items that you should always keep in your vehicle, especially during the winter months.

  1. Ice Scraper- Ice scrapers with a brush on the end are the best so that you can brush snow off your car as well as scrape the ice off.

  2. Spare Tire or Fix a Flat (or both,) Jack, and Lug Nut Wrench

  3. Owner's Manual - It is best to keep it in the glove box just in case. 

  4. 1/2 Tank of Gas Minimum - If you have any less in your gas tank it may freeze in cold weather and creates water in your gas tank when it thaws. 

  5. Blanket - You can use it to keep warm while you are waiting for help, toss it over your head to keep dry(ish) if it is raining or snowing, and keep your car seats clean from wet or muddy kids and dogs.

  6. Jumper Cables

  7.  Road flares/reflectors -They are good to have on hand if you need to alert other drivers where your car is on a dark side of the road while you are changing a tire, waiting for a tow truck, etc.

  8. Flashlight - In case you need to see in the dark! To keep the batteries from going dead before you need to use them, store the batteries in reverse order or out of the flash light altogether. 

  9. Cell phone and Charger- You never know when you will need to make an emergency call.

  10. Umbrella and Rain Poncho

  11. Roadside Assistance Membership- AAA, On Star, through your car brand etc.

  12. First Aid Kit

  13. Work Gloves- sometimes changing a tire or a doing a simple roadside repair can get messy.