Cat Litter or Sand
In the event that your car gets stuck in the snow, cat litter or sand may help your vehicle regain traction. Pour a thin layer of sand or cat litter directly in the path of your tires (after shoveling away any loose snow), then slowly apply the gas.
Windshield Washer Fluid with Deicer
If temperatures drop below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, water and standard washer fluid can freeze. Not only does it make the washer fluid useless, it can also cause the plastic reservoir or tubing to crack as it expands, requiring replacement. In addition to replacing your fluid with a winter-ready mixture, bring extra along for the ride to help melt your windshield faster if you’re in a hurry.
It’s vital to be seen in an emergency, and rain, snow, or fog can make seeing a car on the side of the road difficult. LED magnetic flares are both effective and super easy to use. The reusable flares stick right to the body of the car and light up the road like a traditional flare but without the risk of starting a brush fire or accidentally burning yourself.
Tire Pressure Gauge
Underinflated tires are especially dangerous when it’s raining or snowing. Keep a tire pressure gauge in your glove box and check your tires when you refuel. When choosing a gauge, pick one that you find easy to use and that you are confident using.
Smart Tip: Inspect the rest of your emergency kit to make sure nothing is broken, expired, or needs to be charged. Top off your spare tire, make sure your flashlight still turns on, and replace anything that is expired or no longer working.