“It will never happen to me,” you say. “Why would I get stuck in my car during the winter? I’m a good driver and know how to handle my car in the snow and ice. I don’t need to carry around a winter emergency kit!”

Well, you might be right. You might be the greatest winter driver of all time. But, that does not mean that the person driving next to you is. What if they hit a patch of black ice, which sends their vehicle careening into yours, and you end up in a ditch? Or, what if you are driving and what should have been rain turns to freezing rain and all of a sudden the road home is too slick to navigate?

Mother Nature is unpredictable, so it is best that you prepare for whatever she might throw your way. For winter driving, this means having a winter emergency kit ready and in your car at all times. What should you have in that winter emergency kit? Funny you should ask, as we just spoke with Pat Goss about what he thinks should be in there.

Is there anything else you would add to your kit? Please stay prepared and safe this winter!

You have questions, Pat Goss has answers

What are essential things to include in a winter emergency kit I should keep in my car?

Winter emergency kits, some basic things: number one is a cell phone with a fully charged battery, incredibly important these days.

Alright from there you want some things like an ice scraper, naturally. you also want some kitty litter or oil dry so if you get stuck you can get a little bit of extra traction. A folding shovel is a good idea.

Then you might want to be prepared in case you’re gonna be on a back road or someplace where there isn’t much traffic. You wanna be prepared with safety things for yourself. Number one out of that list is a thermal blanket, you can get them at sporting good stores. They look like silver mylar and they trap heat to keep you warm. You also want some form of bottled water or juice or something like that to hydrate yourself. You want an energy bar or two in case you’re stuck for several hours. And you want things like a hose bandage to repair a busted radiator or heater hose, and you want something to inflate a flat tire in case you can’t change a tire should you have a flat while you’re on the road.