After reading many Winter Kit suggestions, I noticed that there are some things missing, and some things I wouldn’t do. Years ago I was driving from Albany to Oswego NY late at night when I realized the rear end of my car was acting oddly – it felt loose, particularly when I went around turns. Take a few minutes this weekend and put together a roadside emergency kit for your car – with summer vacations and travel imminent, this is the perfect time to put a little peace of mind in your trunk! Please note…All information provided at Practical Hacks is for informational purposes only.
Avoid Overexertion: Shoveling snow or pushing your car takes a lot of effort in storm conditions. You have to think ahead and say to yourself, I might be here for a couple of hours to 24hrs. Between the excessive amount of snow and patches of ice, you want to stay as safe as you can. Putting together a winter emergency kit for your car can be a real life saver – literally! With all the snow and gross slush that gets flung onto your car, those windows get dirty in no time. Any Wal-Mart or any decent auto parts store carries basic roadside emergency kits; I suggest you purchase one and then augment it with several additional items.


Snow can plug your vehicle's exhaust system and cause deadly carbon monoxide gas to enter your car.
This is my goal for this weekend except I’m swiping out the jumper cables with a portable charged jump box!
While this can be great for a variety of reasons, when it comes to driving, it can cause quite a few problems.
The last thing you want is to end up with a dead battery, having to wait in the cold for a cab driver or CAA agent to come give you a boost. Some good things to include are: water, food, a blanket, maps, flashlights, a whistle and candles (which surprisingly can keep your car pretty warm when lit). Over the years I’ve had to change tires on all three American made cars and trucks, not once did the job go smooth using the supplied tire iron the vehicle came with. Not only does it add extra weight for driving in snow, but it’s also easy to break open and scoop out for getting out of spots where your tires might be spinning on ice or mud. The not so good news: I was on the side of a 2 lane road about 100 yards past a big sweeping curve, it was pitch black out, I had no flashlight and no way to warn any cars coming around that turn. On my own vehicles I always up grade this item, as well my family cars or anyone that should know. If you are lucky enough to live somewhere that doesn’t get snow, many of these items are great to have in your car.


The synthetic motor oil will still flow at temperatures as low as -40 degrees Celsius so that your car gets the oil it needs immediately at startup.
Fortunately I was able to get the flat off and the spare tire on the car and get on my way without mishap, but it was a bit of a scary experience.
A lit candle placed on the floor of a car can keep the interior above freezing for several hours.
If you're with someone else, make sure at least one person is awake and keeping watch for help at all times. I agree with your E-KIT for all vehicles at all times, you never know when you or someone on the road may need it.
Also changing a tire is not for everyone, but if push comes to shove you’ll do what you have to do.
Again Thanks, I would ADD this to your E-KIT and just ask anyone to try changing the tire when the time is safe (test run) and see how they do.
Kitty Litter is perfect for throwing under your tires if you are stuck in snow or on ice, it will give you traction.



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