Cold weather essentials for your car

As the temperature drops, there are some precautions every driver should take, like loading up your vehicle with a few important items that will keep you safe and dry should something happen out on the road. Most people may already have these things lying around the house, or if not, they are easy to find.

1. Winter jacket

Even if you don’t have one on when driving, it is advisable to carry a warm jacket in your vehicle during the frigid months. This will shield you from the elements if you need to leave the vehicle in an emergency situation, or if you experience a breakdown and have to walk.

2. Boots

To go with a coat, bring along some waterproof winter boots that will keep your feet dry and insulated while you’re facing the elements.

3. Gloves

Don’t forget about your other set of extremities. Like boots, a good pair of waterproof/windproof gloves will protect your hands if you have to brush snow off your windshield or sit in the cold waiting for a tow truck.

4. Reflective vest

Car troubles? A bright reflective vest warns oncoming traffic that you are out on the road or walking on the shoulder.

5. Blanket

The versatile blanket is always a good idea to keep in the hatch or trunk in any season. You can roll it up to create a makeshift seat, or wrap it around yourself for a more traditional use. 

6. Flashlight

A flashlight is a must. It’s a lifesaver whether you’re using it to shine around the engine bay, or to illuminate a dark and rainy or snowy street. Together with a reflective vest, it helps you remain visible to other drivers.

7. Non-perishable food and water

Having some compact, nutritious and storable food on hand comes in handy no matter the occasion. For example, granola bars take up very little room and can provide a good source for energy in case you get stuck or stranded. Pack some bottled water, too. 

Posted by Benjamin Yong

Benjamin Yong is a freelance journalist and communications professional living in Richmond, B.C. He is often found writing about cars and the auto industry, amongst other things, or driving around in his work-in-progress 1990 Mazda MX-5. Twitter: @b_yong Instagram: @popuplights