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With most of the country in the 50’s and 60’s right now it is hard to believe but winter will be here before we know it. Winter typically hits fast and without much warning here in Utah. We go from summer to fall to winter in 48 hours so you need to be prepared BEFORE it feels like you need to be prepared. For me, as soon as Halloween is over I get my car ready for the Winter weather and that includes a Winter Car Safety Kit. Are you ready for snow and ice? Is your car ready?

Here’s a list of things you need to check now to get your car prepared for the snowy icy months:

  • Brakes (so important!)
  • Air pressure
  • Battery (you do not want to have this die on the side of the road in a blizzard!)
  • Hoses
  • Fan belts
  • Spark plugs
  • Air and fuel filters
  • Tire wear
  • Antifreeze

Find out more from Cars.com.

Winter Car Safety Kit

Winter Car Safety KitDon’t get stranded – get your car Winter weather ready today with a Winter Car Safety Kit. We keep a small duffel bag in the trunk of each car year round with most of these items. I add the winter items around Halloween since we never know when winter will hit in Utah:

  • snacks
  • cell phone
  • phone charger (stays in car)
  • first aid kit (stays in car)
  • jumper cables (stays in car)
  • snow tires (added on in October)
  • flares (stays in car)
  • keep a full tank of gas – I fill up when I hit half a tank
  • blankets and gloves (stays in car)
  • flashlight (stays in car)

Winter Car Safety Kit

If you travel with kids then you will usually have snacks/drinks/blankets on hand all of the time. But if you don’t keep these items in the car that is okay! Just grab a 6 pack of water (or more depending upon your need/want) and some shelf stable items and stash them in a small duffel along with a blanket.

My teenagers travel with blankets, water bottles, and snacks so I don’t have to worry about them on a daily basis but I still keep a bag in the trunk with necessities including:

Really – whatever the kids are “into” at the time so that when they are “starving” after school or while running errands we have snacks. Just be sure to use them on a regular basis and replace them when you head out for a drive.