With snow on the ground, frozen lakes and warm homes, Wisconsin winter can be beautiful. However, it can also be quite dangerous. Roads may be icy. Snow may cause lack of visibility. Car breakdowns are also more common due to the harsh weather conditions.

Should you find yourself in a car accident or broke down on the side of the road during winter weather, having a winter emergency kit packed in your car can be extremely helpful. In some cases, having a well-stocked emergency kit may mean the difference between death and survival.

If you haven’t already done so, you should begin putting together an emergency kit for your next road trip. What you include in your emergency kit will depend on where you drive, how far your drive and if you are traveling with family. In any case, here are the basic essentials every winter driving emergency kit should include.

First Aid Kit

A basic first aid kit should contain bandages, antiseptic towels, gauze and a first aid manual. The Red Cross also advises drivers to carry the following:

  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Roller bandages
  • Tweezers
  • Over-the-counter painkillers
  • Blanket
  • Latex gloves
  • Thermometer
  • Cold compress
  • Scissors
  • One-way breathing barrier

Car Tools

If you are stranded on a rural road because your car broke down, having a few basic automotive tools in the back of your car may help you get back on the road. Many of these tools come stock in new cars, but it never hurts to check your cargo and make sure you have what you need to get out of a tough situation.

A basic emergency kit should include jumper cables, a tire jack, a spare tire and a screwdriver, but you don’t need to stop there. If you are travelling on back roads and more rural areas, consider packing a shovel, an ice scraper, a wrench and other useful tools.

Extras

In addition to car tools and a first aid kit, your basic emergency kit should include other items that will help you stay warm, hydrated and enhance visibility. In your emergency kit, pack a flashlight with extra batteries, a large bottle of water and a few snacks. You may also want to pack a heavy blanket in case you have to wait for a tow.

If you are traveling greater distances, consider bringing enough food to last 24 hours. Also, keep a fully charged cell phone charger in your emergency kit in case your cell phone loses its charge. Lastly, you may want road flares or reflective cones to help other drivers safely pass by.

Don’t Forget…

In addition to packing a basic emergency kit, don’t forget to take a few precautions before hitting the road. Check your tire pressure, oil and car battery to make sure your car is safe to drive. Also take time to fully charge your cell phone before leaving your house. Finally, dress for the weather. Wear a heavy winter coat, boots, gloves and a warm hat. Remember, if you are in a car wreck or stranded on the side of the road, you will be without heat.

With snow on the ground, frozen lakes and warm homes, Wisconsin winter can be beautiful. However, it can also be quite dangerous. Roads may be icy. Snow may cause lack of visibility. Car breakdowns are also more common due to the harsh weather conditions.

Should you find yourself in a car accident or broke down on the side of the road during winter weather, having a winter emergency kit packed in your car can be extremely helpful. In some cases, having a well-stocked emergency kit may mean the difference between death and survival.

If you haven’t already done so, you should begin putting together an emergency kit for your next road trip. What you include in your emergency kit will depend on where you drive, how far your drive and if you are traveling with family. In any case, here are the basic essentials every winter driving emergency kit should include.

First Aid Kit

A basic first aid kit should contain bandages, antiseptic towels, gauze and a first aid manual. The Red Cross also advises drivers to carry the following:

  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Roller bandages
  • Tweezers
  • Over-the-counter painkillers
  • Blanket
  • Latex gloves
  • Thermometer
  • Cold compress
  • Scissors
  • One-way breathing barrier

Car Tools

If you are stranded on a rural road because your car broke down, having a few basic automotive tools in the back of your car may help you get back on the road. Many of these tools come stock in new cars, but it never hurts to check your cargo and make sure you have what you need to get out of a tough situation.

A basic emergency kit should include jumper cables, a tire jack, a spare tire and a screwdriver, but you don’t need to stop there. If you are travelling on back roads and more rural areas, consider packing a shovel, an ice scraper, a wrench and other useful tools.

Extras

In addition to car tools and a first aid kit, your basic emergency kit should include other items that will help you stay warm, hydrated and enhance visibility. In your emergency kit, pack a flashlight with extra batteries, a large bottle of water and a few snacks. You may also want to pack a heavy blanket in case you have to wait for a tow.

If you are traveling greater distances, consider bringing enough food to last 24 hours. Also, keep a fully charged cell phone charger in your emergency kit in case your cell phone loses its charge. Lastly, you may want road flares or reflective cones to help other drivers safely pass by.

Don’t Forget…

In addition to packing a basic emergency kit, don’t forget to take a few precautions before hitting the road. Check your tire pressure, oil and car battery to make sure your car is safe to drive. Also take time to fully charge your cell phone before leaving your house. Finally, dress for the weather. Wear a heavy winter coat, boots, gloves and a warm hat. Remember, if you are in a car wreck or stranded on the side of the road, you will be without heat.

Natasha Misra

I am dedicated to helping people who have suffered injuries in accidents which were not their fault. Born and raised in Milwaukee, I come from a family of medical professionals. Although I always knew I wanted to be a lawyer, my background has helped me understand and represent individuals injured in accidents.