Top Items You Should Keep in Your Car During Winter

Who Loves Michigan Winter?

The cold weather is here and it is time to prep your car for winter road conditions. We all know the chances of getting stranded on the highway or in a ditch become way higher once the snow starts falling. The problem is in Michigan, getting stuck in your car for an hour or so can be a really scary situation. To better help you prepare for the winter conditions, here are some things that you should put/ keep in your car for the next couple of months. Heck, these are probably things you’ll just want to leave in there. 

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In the Glove Box

Cell Phone Car Charger:  Put an extra cell phone charger in your glove box and LEAVE it there!  Don’t take it out or let your friend borrow it because Murphy ’s Law states the day you do this, is the day you’ll get stranded with a dead phone.  We too often get over confident on the roads knowing we are only a phone call away from help…BUT what if it dies?  What then?

Critical Medical Info:  You should write down any information on your allergies, medications or medical conditions in case you are involved in an accident and can’t communicate these things on your own.

Emergency Contact Numbers:  If you are relying on your cell phone to be the storage unit for all your emergency info, just think what would happen to that shiny touch screen when it suddenly gets slammed against the dash doing 60mph.  Write down all of you emergency contact info on a piece of paper and store them in both your glove box and your wallet.

Pen and Paper:  You’ve probably heard this before, but you definitely don’t want to be “that guy” who ends up having to write his info on the back of a McDonald’s bag with crayon.  Keep a couple Michigan First pens in that glove box and spare yourself from embarrassment!

The Obvious Ones:  I’m going to keep this one short and sweet.  Proof of insurance, vehicle registration and owner’s manual. BOOM DONE!

A Flashlight:  Be sure to keep a small but bright flash light in your glove box in case you get stranded at night.  You’ll want to make sure you have fresh batteries in the thing, or have a self-powered one that you can shake to power on.  Not only is a safety tool, but it’s perfect for finding all that loose change flying around under your seat.

High Energy Snacks:  Pack a couple protein or granola bars in there.  I suggest not using chocolate ones because we all know you’ll be too tempted to eat them at random occasions.  Save them for emergencies or cranky passengers.

In the Trunk

Blanket:  If you do get stranded, don’t rely on your car’s heater to stay warm.  Temperatures can drop quickly and you’ll need a good blanket to stay warm under until the tow truck appears.

Snow Shovel & Ice Scraper:  You can find a short-handled snow shovel at most hardware stores these days.  Stow it in your trunk in case you need help clearing the snow underneath your car and around your tires.  If you can, purchase a metal one in case you need to chip away at ice or compacted snow.

Gas Tank/Syphon Pump:  If you find yourself out gas, walking to the nearest gas station might not be an option.  In case a good natured stranger pulls over to off you help, you can us a small syphon pump to transfer a couple gallons to your car.

Light Sticks/Flares:  Maybe flares are little intense, but they sure do let everyone know driving by to WATCH OUT!  If you don’t have or can’t find flares, you can easily find glow sticks at your local dollar store for a couple bucks.

Kitty Litter:  You might have heard about this one before, but having a bucket of kitty litter in your car can really help you get some traction and get out of that ditch.  I suggest buying a plastic bucket at a local pet store to avoid the potential for ripped bags and leaks.  You can find a large bucket for around ten dollars at most places. 

You might have heard of these before, but nevertheless they are good reminders.  Most of these items can be found at a pretty fair price too.  Yes, you can buy “kits” that have a lot of this stuff already in them already, but you’ll probably save yourself a dollar or two by buying them individually and throwing them into a Rubbermaid container.  Keep these tips in mind and comment below if you have any other suggestions or stories to share!

Until next time,