Chauffeur Advice: Prepare a Winter Survival Kit for Your Car

If you live in a part of North America known for brutal weather, it is important to prepare your vehicle with a winter survival kit. An emergency kit could be the difference between life and death if you’re ever stranded due to poor visibility, snow, ice, rain, a flat tire, or mechanical issues, or if you end up stuck in a ditch or even in an accident.

Although many people offer advice about preparing a winter survival kit for your car, those who know best are chauffeurs. After all, chauffeurs do a tremendous amount of driving in all types of weather conditions. As professionals with experience and special training, they know what it takes to stay safe on the road.

Items for the Perfect Winter Survival Kit

The first step in preparing a winter survival kit for your car is to make a list of all the items needed. While it might seem like overkill, considering the items in the kit could save lives, so you can see why each is so critical.

  • Shovel (the folding type works great and stores well)
  • Windshield scraper
  • Small broom
  • Flashlight (some are designed with an alarm and SOS/strobe light effects)
  • Extra batteries stored in a plastic bag
  • Bottled water
  • Non-perishable or long-lasting snacks like dried fruit, beef jerky, crackers, and granola bars
  • Battery-powered radio
  • Blankets and/or sleeping bags
  • Candles and matches
  • First aid kit
  • Pocket knife (Swiss army knife is best)
  • Extra hats, gloves, socks, and good winter boots
  • Required medication
  • Wireless phone charger (available for newer smartphone models)
  • Sand, road salt, or cat litter (for traction)
  • Tow rope or chain
  • Jumper cables
  • Large fluorescent distress flag
  • Whistle
  • Emergency reflectors and flares

Helpful Tips

  • Purchase one or more plastic bins to store the items that will go in your winter survival kit. In addition to keeping things organized, the plastic bin offers protection against water and other damage.

  • You can place the bins in the trunk of your car, but because there is risk of the trunk freezing closed, make sure there is a pass-through from the back seat so you have access to the items if needed.

  • When selecting food for your winter survival kit, choose smaller packages that you can consume hot or cold. These are easier to pack and help with rationing.

  • Be aware of land markers in your location. If your cell phone dies and there is no OnStar or other rescue system on your car, emergency personnel will have an easier time finding you vehicle with landmarks, especially if it is not visible from the road.

Using Chauffeur Services

During bad weather, the best decision is to stay home, but if there is someplace that you have to be, consider hiring a chauffeur. That way, you have confidence of reaching your destination safely and without feeling overly stressed.

Posted on Nov 13 2015

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