While accidents can happen at any time of the year, wintertime accidents can be more dangerous. Make sure you keep a winter car emergency kit with these 10 essentials in your car at all times and if you or a loved one suffered injuries in an accident, speak with a car accident lawyer.
What to Keep in the Car
Remember that not all parts of the vehicle may be reachable in an accident so some items should be kept inside the car while others can be kept in the trunk.
- Ice scraper/snow brush: Make sure to keep this in your car and use to ensure visibility from every window or windshield.
- Jumper Cables: You should keep jumper cables in the trunk along with a tire gauge, a towrope, and foam tire sealant. All of these can help if your car breaks down, gets stuck, or if you get a flat tire.
- Flares, emergency lights, or reflective triangles: Where in the car you should keep these depends on whether or not they are flammable. You should keep flammable flares in the trunk, while you can keep electronic or LED emergency lights in a glove box.
- Winter clothes: Make sure to keep winter clothes such as gloves and hats for everyone in the car. In case everyone needs to get out quickly after an accident, these need to be readily accessible. In case of delayed rescue, be sure to keep blankets in the car as well.
- Food and water: While full meals are not required, you should pack at least a water bottle and non-perishable snacks for everyone in the car in the car.
- Flashlights: Be sure to keep flashlights and extra batteries for each person in the vehicle.
- Cell phone chargers: Always make sure to charge your cell phone and keep a cell phone charger (and a portable battery back up) in the car.
- A first aid kit: Drivers should keep a first aid kit in their car year-round. This should include at a minimum, bandages, antibiotic ointment, and some basic medical tape.
- Boots: While many people may not want to drive in winter boots, they should keep a pair in the car in case of an accident.
- A full tank of gas: Always be sure your gas tank is full during the winter. Moisture in the space in your gas tank can freeze blocking fuel flow. Note: Do not keep a full gas can inside your car as it may explode.
In all weather, be sure to drive cautiously and carefully. If you are involved in a winter weather car accident, contact Gallon, Takacs, Boissoneault & Schaffer Co., LPA at 419-843-6663.