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12/09/2019
If you want to deal with unforeseen circumstances effectively as you're driving around during winter, you should have a winter emergency kit. Learn how to put one together with this post by Jim Ackney in Edmonton.

Being prepared for any situation that may arise is the best way to guarantee that you'll be able to get through them in an effective manner. That's why, it's important that you have an emergency kit in your vehicle. It will have the necessary tools so that you can deal with unforeseen circumstances and remain as safe as possible. Moreover, it's important that you adapt your emergency kit to the season, so that you can get through its unique conditions effectively. If you would like to learn a few tips on how you can manage and put together a winter emergency kit for your vehicle, continue reading the post below.

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How to Put Together a Winter Emergency Kit for Your Vehicle

Before You Start Building Your Emergency Kit...

There are a few things you should know before you even start building your winter emergency kit. For instance, you need to:
  • Learn to use the tools in the emergency kit. Adding a fire extinguisher to your emergency kit won't be of any help if you don't know how to use one. For that reason, it's imperative that you take time to learn how to use each of the items in the kit.
  • Pick the right container for the items. You need the items in your emergency kit to be safe at all times. That's why you need the right container for them: one that's big enough and that is fire and waterproof.
  • Designate a spot for the emergency kit. You need to decide where you will keep the emergency kit in your vehicle. It should be somewhere you can reach easily. Remember to always put it back in that spot after using it.
  • Care for the items in the kit. You need to be mindful of and care for the condition of the items in the kit. This, so you don't have a faulty tool when you really need one.
  • Restock the kit as you need it. Finally, don't forget to restock the items in the emergency kit as they're starting to run low. This will guarantee that you won't have to go without them if you need them.

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What Items to Add to Your Winter Emergency Kit

Now you know everything there is to know about managing an emergency kit. It's time to dive into what you should include in your winter emergency kit, so you can remain as safe as possible on the road. Here's a list you may want to follow:
  • A few miscellaneous tools. You will need a few miscellaneous helpful tools that will get you out of trouble, like a fire extinguisher, a snow shovel, matches, hand sanitizer, a map, tape scissors, and even extra cash.
  • Bottles of water and non-perishable. If you're ever in an emergency in which you're stuck in your vehicle, having food and water with you until you get help can be a life saver.
  • Warm and cozy items. When you're facing freezing temperatures, you need extra items that can keep you warm. That's why you should have earmuffs, scarves, thick blankets, and extra warm clothing.
  • Communication devices and contact information. If you need to call someone for help in an emergency, having communication devices (with their chargers) and contact information (of close friends, of the authorities, of your insurance company, etc.) can allow you to do that.
  • The vehicle's equipment. You should also think about the vehicle's equipment as part of the emergency kit. For that reason, keep the charger cables, tire jack, and more, in it.
  • A fully equipped first-aid kit. You may also get sick or injured when on your vehicle, which is why you need a first-aid kit with the following items:
    1. Basic medical equipment: cotton, bandages, band-aids, alcohol, thermometers, and more.
    2. Medicine: from prescription meds to aspirins, antiseptics, antihistamines, and more.

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