Car, seen from behind, while stalled on the road during a winter stormBeing stuck on the side of the road during a winter storm isn’t so stressful when you’re well-prepared. (©Alexey,

People often stock their first aid kits and gather supplies in case of emergencies. But during the winter, you need to plan for safety outside your home, too.

In addition to regular maintenance, it’s important to ensure your vehicle has weather-appropriate tires with good tread, and to fill your car with gas before driving in severe weather.

Also, consider putting together a winter survival kit for your vehicle. In the event of an emergency, it could save your life and the lives of your passengers.

First aid kit
A winter survival kit for the road must include a first aid kit along with jumper cables and automobile tools. (©showcake,

These items should always be in your vehicle:

Battery-operated radio
Your smartphone may not work during severe winter weather, so always carry a battery-operated radio as a backup. (©Kabardins photo,

Add these items when traveling in severe winter weather:

  • Hand-crank weather radio or battery-operated radio with extra batteries
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Bag of cat litter for tire traction
  • Rock salt to melt ice/snow
  • Windshield ice scraper with brush
  • Small shovel
  • Waterproof matches and candles

Canned foods and bottled water
Packing bottled water and canned foods in the car can help you survive an unexpected engine failure or flat tire during a winter storm. (©Niba,

And don’t forget these items in your winter survival kit:

  • Necessary medications
  • Blankets/sleeping bags
  • Extra set of clothes, gloves and hat
  • Nonperishable and dried foods, energy bars
  • Manual can opener
  • Bottled water

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Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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