Car Preparedness Bag

The Maine Department of Transportation recommends these items for your car as you prepare for winter:

  • Shovel
  • Windshield scraper and broom
  • Extra windshield washer fluid
  • Tire chains or traction mats
  • Healthy snacks and water (water left overnight will probably freeze)
  • First aid kit
  • Blankets
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Pocket knife or multi-tool
  • Good spare tire, jack and lug wrench
  • Flares or reflectors
  • Battery jumper cables
  • Brightly colored cloth for emergency flagging
  • Cell phone with emergency phone numbers programmed and spare charger
  • Extra boots, gloves, socks and warm hat rain or waterproof gear
  • Sand or kitty litter (to help with traction if you are stuck)
  • Salt (to help melt ice)
  • Map: to help direct rescuers to your location
  • Always have at least a half tank of gas in winter

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