Winter car Care Pack
Q. What should I have in my car in case of a winter emergency?
A. Since we practically live in our cars these days, it's a good idea to be prepared for any type of winter emergency. Items to have in your kit to survive an accident, being stuck in a snowdrift or even just a mechanical failure until help arrives include the following.
FOR EMERGENCY COMMUNICATION
- Cell phone, portable charger, extra batteries
- Battery-powered radio (with extra batteries)
- Emergency flares
- Bright-colored flag, help signs
TO RESCUE YOURSELF
- Windshield scraper
- Flashlight (with extra batteries)
- Chains or rope
- Tire chains
- Canned compressed air with sealant (emergency tire repair)
- Road salt and sand
- Booster cables
- Tool kit
- Road maps
FOR WINTER SURVIVAL
- Snack food
- Extra hats, coats, mittens
- First-aid kit
- Waterproof matches and a can (to melt snow for water)
Although this seems like a big list, all these items could come in handy and maybe even be life-saving. As a minimum, though, make sure you have things to keep you warm (blankets or sleeping bags), water, food and a charged cell phone. You never know when help will get to you during a big storm, so be ready to take care of yourself and your family when the time comes.
JOHN TORRES, M.D., is board-certified in emergency medicine, an attending physician at Sky Ridge Medical Center in Lone Tree, Colo., and medical anchor of KDVR-TV (Fox) in Denver, Colo.
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