Having a well-equipped, thoroughly-planned emergency winter survival kit in the trunk of your car could get you out of many headache-inducing situations, and maybe even save your life. Whether you find yourself stranded needing local and long distance towing, with a dead battery in the dead of winter or with a flat tire on the way to work, this kit and some basic knowledge could save you not only time but also money.

Although you probably already have most of these things in your home or garage, it’s important to set aside extra materials for your emergency kit in the trunk of your car. Let’s take a look at some essentials you might need this cold holiday season, to hopefully save you from needing roadside assistance Vancouver.

A DIY Candle Heater

If your vehicle breaks down in the middle of winter, somewhere on the side of the road, you need it running to stay warm and stop the exhaust from freezing up. When you run out of gas sooner or later, you’ll need some type of heat source. A DIY candle using a metal can, a lighter and a candle is a great way to stay warm.

LED Flashlight

A small but reliable LED flashlight is essential in your kit as it uses minimal energy but produces strong results. Whether you need it to jump-start your car, change your oil or illuminate the cabin, it’ll be an invaluable tool.

Extra Cellphone Charger

You never know when you’ll get stranded and need a cellphone charger for your almost-dying phone. Having a charger could save you or someone else’s life if you’re stranded far from civilization and need to make that call for local and long distance towing.

A Basic Tool Kit

Having a basic tool kit is another invaluable piece you’ll want to add to your kit as many simple breakdowns can be fixed with some very basic tools like a wrench, duct tape, a variety of screwdrivers, a hammer and some pliers.

Cat Litter or Absorbent

When you’re stuck in an inoperable substance and need to get out fast, cat litter generously sprinkled around the tires will help you gain traction so you can get back on the road.

Jumper Cables

Although you should always have some jumper cables in your car, if you don’t, make sure to include them in your emergency kit. You never know when you’ll be stuck with a dead battery or have to pull over to help another fellow driver jumpstart their own battery.

Small Shovel

A small shovel could prove very helpful if you’re stuck in a particularly snowy or muddy area.

First Aid Kit

Having some important essentials can save you, a passenger or another fellow driver’s life. Have some basic spare medications, some antibiotic ointment, band-aids, alcohol, and a bandage or gauze.

Blanket, Hat & Gloves

Wintertime calls for warmth. Have some extra gloves, a hat and a warm blanket to make sure you’re well-prepared for a potential breakdown.

Stuck on the side of the road? Our local and long distance towing service is available to you 24/7, just give us a call and we’ll be at your service anytime, anywhere.