Every Parent Needs an Emergency Car Kit

Here’s how to build the best one.

by Heather Fishel
A red car driving on a road in the middle of a mountain full of snow

Winter driving is a different kind of animal entirely. Getting stuck roadside on a summer afternoon is a cakewalk compared to dealing with winter’s minimal light, snow, ice, and freezing temperatures. Come January, waiting it out on the shoulder of the road without a winter survival kit can be miserable — if not downright dangerous. AAA reports, winter storms, bad weather, and icy, slippery road conditions play a role in nearly 500,000 car crashes and over 2,000 road deaths annually. Assembling a car survival kit for winter isn’t hard and a lot of it is helpful to keep in the trunk year-round. Here’s what to pack in your winter emergency car kit.

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