The wintertime in New England is a beautiful thing to experience, until you're enjoying the views from the side of the road with a car that won't start. Tow trucks and roadside assistance can take over an hour to get to you, especially in rural areas which makes for a long, miserable wait when the temperatures are below freezing. Don't let winter get you all frozen inside; keep a cold weather survival kit with you!

A winter survival kit is a great way to make sure you're taken care of in case of a long waiting period in the cold without a running car, or by chance you slide off the road. A foldable shovel may be just the thing you need to dig yourself out of snow or get out of a snow bank. A blanket for you, and for your passengers is enough to keep you warm for the amount of time you need to wait. Other items you should include are: a flashlight with spare batteries, an ice scraper, a couple bottles of water, non-perishable snacks, road salt or sand or even cat litter for traction and jumper cables.

This kit is best to be kept inside your vehicle and not in the trunk, in case of the trunk or other compartments being frozen shut. Also be conscious of your fuel level, make sure you travel with plenty of fuel and fill-up when you can if you're travelling in rural areas.

Other Tips:

  • Stay inside your vehicle in case of spin out in heavy traffic or during a storm with low visibility

  • If you're vehicle is still running, make sure the tail pipe is clear of debris or snow. Snow can easily plug the exhaust system in your vehicle which diverts the deadly carbon monoxide gas into the vehicle. Keep a window cracked a little to let in fresh air as a safety precaution.

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