Temperatures are dropping and snow is starting to fall, make sure you are prepared for roadside emergencies.

One degree. It was one degree when I woke up this morning. As many of you know, I have quite the commute to work each day. Not just a few miles, a seventy-plus mile drive to work each day. I know, I'm crazy.

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When the winter weather gets cold and snowy, one thing is for certain. I need to be prepared.

I received as a gift this year an awesome winter car emergency kit. It had a flashlight, tooth brush, hand sanitize, first aid kit and more inside. I was so excited! It was exactly what I needed for my commute in the winter.

It is vital that everyone, regardless of how often or how far they drive, have a winter survival kit in their car. Accidents happen, car stalls happen, anything you can imagine... happens.

According to Ready Wisconsin, these are the must haves in your Winter Car Emergency Kit:

  • a shovel
  • windshield scraper and small broom
  • flashlight with extra batteries
  • battery powered radio
  • water
  • snack food including energy bars
  • raisins and mini candy bars
  • matches and small candles
  • extra hats, socks and mittens
  • First aid kit with pocket knife
  • Necessary medications
  • blankets or sleeping bag
  • tow chain or rope
  • road salt, sand, or cat litter for traction
  • booster cables
  • emergency flares and reflectors
  • fluorescent distress flag and whistle to attract attention
  • Cell phone adapter to plug into lighter


For me, one of the most important things in my winter car emergency kit is hygenic items like a tooth brush, face wash, shampoo, a change of clothes and more.

See, it's not just about road safety for me, it's also about what happens when it's so terrible outside, I can't leave work!? It has happened before and I'll be more prepared this time around.

What do you keep in your car for a winter emergency? Nothing!?! We've got you covered.



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