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Vehicle emergency kit cheap insurance for winter travelers


Motorists should always exercise patience in winter driving conditions, experts say.   
 (File / The Spokesman-Review)
Motorists should always exercise patience in winter driving conditions, experts say. (File / The Spokesman-Review)

WINTER TRAVEL -- Slippery roads this week are a reminder that drivers should be prepared for mishaps that might catch stuck, stranded or off the road in winter conditions.

A bag of items stashed in your vehicle could spell the difference between comfort and misery if not -- in the worst case scenario -- life and death. 

Carry a survival kit in your vehicle.

  • First-aid kit
  • Blankets or sleeping bags
  • Cellular phone and charger
  • Windshield scraper with snow brush
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Extra winter clothes including shoes, hats and gloves
  • Compact shovel
  • Traction aids (bag of sand or  cat litter) and tow strap
  • Emergency flares
  • Jumper cables
  • Non-perishable food and bottled water
  • Road map
  • Candles, matches, non-liquid firestarter.
  • Special-needs items vehicle passengers may require.



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