As temperatures plummet and winter slowly creeps upon us, it’s time to start thinking about getting your car prepared for the winter season.
In addition to adding snow tires to your vehicle, be sure to gather the correct supplies to be safe this season.
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Here’s what the Washington State Department of Transportation recommends you keep in your car this winter:
Full tank of gas
This one is pretty self-explanatory. You don’t want to be driving home and find yourself stuck in the cold.
First aid kit
You never know what could go wrong. From needing a little bandage to slinging up an arm after a fall on the ice, be prepared for all accidents.
Cold weather can cause your phone battery to die faster. Try buying a portable charger that doesn’t require the car running to charge your phone.
Don’t get caught in the dark. Perhaps you get a flat tire or need to check something outside of your car. A flashlight is always a handy thing to keep around.
Ice scraper and snow brush
When it’s snowing out, you’re going to want an ice scraper and brush to clear off your windshield.
Music and games
While not mandatory, having music and games can definitely make waiting for an emergency road closure to clear up a lot more interesting.
Don’t get hidden in the dark; get some flares to light up the road in case of emergency.
Water or snacks
Be sure to have emergency snacks and bottled water in your trunk. We suggest trail mix or packaged granola bars — they’re filling and last a while.
Boots, gloves, and warm clothes
Be sure to have spare clothing in the car in case you’re stuck for the night. It’s also a good idea to have a spare blanket in the car.
Whether you’ve got battery problems or not, it’s always wise to have jumper cables to get you out of a sticky situation.
Winter tires are great to have but aren’t the only protection you can add to your wheels. Bring along some tire chains as an extra precaution.