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If you have a company vehicle or a vehicle that you use for your business, it’s a good idea to have an emergency car kit. Just as you should always have your driver’s license, registration card and insurance card with you when driving a car, you should never leave work or home without an emergency kit or emergency kit in the vehicle. A car emergency kit consists of certain items that you should always have with you in the event of a breakdown or accident.

With winter fast approaching, we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 essential items to have in your car emergency kit this winter. Winter brings poor road conditions and poor visibility. The items presented in our article can be of great help to you in an emergency on the road.



10 must-have winter car emergency kits

Below is a list of 10 essential items to have in your vehicle during winter. This is not an exhaustive list; rather a guide to keep yourself as safe as possible in inclement weather. Visit www.nsc.org for more information and suggestions for vehicle safety kits and other safety tips.

Lifehammer brand safety hammer

This vehicle escape tool has a double-ended steel hammer head on one end that can break windshield glass in an emergency. At the other end is a sharp tool that can cut through a seat belt.

Lifehammer brand safety hammer

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Battery Tender 3 AMP car battery charger

Battery Tender 3 AMP car battery charger

Car batteries often die in cold weather. A battery charger like this one from Battery Tender is a quick and easy way to get out of a traffic jam when your battery is dead. This model will fully charge your car, SUV or truck battery and then switch to float mode to maintain proper voltage.

Battery Tender 3 AMP car battery charger

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Cartman 39 piece tool set

CARTMAN 39-piece general household tool set

Keep essential tools like pliers, screwdrivers and wrenches in your vehicle for quick and easy access.

CARTMAN 39-piece general household tool set

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First Alert EZ Fire Spray

First Alert EZ Fire Spray

This portable fire extinguisher is actually a spray can that extinguishes fires just as well as traditional fire extinguishers and is safe to carry in cars. You will receive a 2 pack of First Alert – the formula is biodegradable, non-toxic and wipe clean.

First Alert EZ Fire Spray

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Waterproof car first aid kit

Small Waterproof Car First Aid Kit Emergency Kit

It’s always a good idea to have a first aid kit in your vehicle! This has 273 pieces of essential first aid items such as bandages, an emergency blanket, a tourniquet, sterile drapes, a flashlight and more.

Small Waterproof Car First Aid Kit Emergency Kit

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Energizer high performance jumper cable for car batteries

Energizer high performance jumper cable for car batteries

Even if you have a car battery jumper cable like the one above, it’s not a bad idea to also have a regular set of jumper cables. Just make sure you get the right gauge for your vehicle.

Energizer high performance jumper cable for car batteries

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Twinkle Star roadside emergency flare kit

Twinkle Star roadside emergency flare kit

Whenever possible, you should use flares when you are stopped in your vehicle. These emergency flares are battery operated so they can be used over and over again.

Twinkle Star roadside emergency flare kit

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Jack Boss scissor jack

Jack Boss Car Scissor Jack 1.5 Ton 3,300 lbs Load Capacity Steel Portable Tire Lever

A flat tire can happen to anyone at any time. In addition to an always-usable spare tire, you need a jack to help you change tires. While there are electric jacks on the market, we prefer manual ones, like the Jack Boss Scissor Jack, when electricity isn’t available.

Jack Boss scissor jack

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Rhino USA recovery tow strap

Rhino USA recovery tow strap

If your vehicle breaks down and you need to be towed, having your own tow strap is extremely handy. Make sure the tow strap or chain you buy is not only strong but can withstand harsh weather like our pick from Rhino USA.

Rhino USA recovery tow strap

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GARAGE BOSS Press ‘N Pour Gas Can

GARAGE BOSS GB351 Briggs and Stratton Press 'N Pour Gas Can

Another item you should always have in your vehicle is a leak-proof gas can. It is recommended to carry at least a 3 gallon gas tank – this actually holds 5 gallons. It is equipped with a simple push button operation for flow control and no spills.

GARAGE BOSS GB351 Briggs and Stratton Press ‘N Pour Gas Can

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Birdrock Foldable Emergency Snow Shovel

BIRDROCK HOME 34

Last but not least, having an emergency snow shovel in your vehicle can be incredibly helpful. This one from Birdrock is 34.25 inches long when fully extended and folds in half for easy storage.

BIRDROCK HOME 34″ Folding Emergency Snow Shovel

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There are other essential items that are recommended for a car emergency kit, especially in winter. Some of them are:

  • flashlight
  • Additional batteries
  • phone charger
  • ice melts
  • replacement car fuses
  • Flat tire pressure canister
  • Blankets and extra gloves
  • antifreeze
  • wiper fluid
  • Snow removal brush and scraper
  • Waterproof bag or box for storing supplies

Some companies offer a pre-assembled car emergency kit. These may be helpful as many of them contain some or most of the points above. They also come with a bag or box for storage, which is also handy. Here are 3 of the best we’ve found:

Remember to always obey the highway code, drive carefully and stop driving if conditions are too rough. But if you have to drive in bad weather or if winter weather hits unexpectedly, a winter car emergency kit can really help you in the event of an accident.

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