As we have learned all too well this winter, driving in snow can be quite the challenge. If you want to be prepared for severe weather in the Midwest, there are things you should always have in your car.
- A snow shovel. You can buy smaller shovels made just for this purpose. They can be invaluable in helping you, or someone else, get out of deep snow.
- Kitty litter. A bag of kitty litter can help provide needed traction in a slippery situation.
- A blanket. A blanket can provide needed warmth in case your vehicle would break down.
- A candle. Even a simple candle can provide some extra warmth when you are stranded (but don’t forget the matches!).
- A flashlight. There are many circumstances where a flashlight may come in handy on the road, including flagging down assistance.
- Jumper cables. Car batteries can be pushed to their limits in cold weather, although jumper cables or a battery back-up can save the day.
Always make sure you have a cell phone with you when traveling, it will come in handy when you need to contact your roadside assistance provider.