3) Jumper cables
4) Bottled water (also consider adding nonperishable high-energy foods such as granola bars, raisins, and peanut butter)
5) Flares & a flashlight with backup batteries
6) First-aid kit
8) Tire repair kit and pump
9) Spare tire
10) Old winter boots, jacket, and clothes for the trunk
- If you get stuck on an icy patch, take the mats out of your car, place them next to the tires, and slowly inch the car onto and over the mats.
- To prevent ice and snow from sticking onto your windshield, gently rub a small, moistened, cloth bag of iodized salt on the outside of your windshield
- You can fog-proof your mirrors and the inside of your windshields with shaving cream. Spray and wipe it off with paper towels.
- Try to drive during daylight hours
- Let your family know when you are leaving and when you expect to arrive at your destination
- If a snowstorm causes unsafe driving conditions, pull off the highway and turn on your hazard lights. If you have a distress flag or sticker, hang it from your radio antenna or apply it to your window. Remain in your car, where rescuers are most likely to find you.
- If you're stranded for an extended period of time, run your engine for about 10 minutes every hour to stay warm. Open a window slightly for ventilation while the car is running, to prevent any carbon monoxide buildup. Be sure to remove any snow that builds up on your car's exhaust pipe.
- If you have to spend the night in your car, turn on the interior overhead light so rescuers or work crews can see you.