Winter is coming, actually, it is here in some parts of Canada. Before the happiness of a Winnipeg falls turns into the dreaded Winterpeg you should prepare an emergency car kit. While we focus largely on trucking safety, we all have family and friends who could benefit from having an emergency car kit for their personal vehicles.

A basic car kit should contain the following:

  • Food that won’t spoil, such as energy bars
  • Water—plastic bottles that won’t break if the water freezes (replace them every six months)
  • Blanket
  • Extra clothing and shoes or boots
  • First aid kit with seatbelt cutter
  • Small shovel, scraper, and snowbrush
  • Candle in a deep can and matches
  • Wind-up flashlight
  • Whistle—in case you need to attract attention
  • Roadmaps

Items to keep in your trunk:

  • Sand, salt or cat litter (non-clumping)
  • Antifreeze and windshield washer fluid
  • Tow rope
  • Jumper cables
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Warning light or road flares
  • Small shovel

Let’s help everyone stay safe on the roads this year. Share this article with your friends and family.