Perspective Newsletter
Fall 2015
Fall 2015

Carry-along car essentials if you’re not MacGyver

Carry-along car essentials in winter

For all of us who can't fix anything with gum wrappers and a Swiss army knife, there's hope! Our Claims team, along with the Washington State Department of Transportation, has put together a list of must-haves you'll want to assemble and keep in your car to make sure you're prepared for anything on the roads:

  • Crank flashlight (so you'll never have to worry about dead batteries)
  • Synthetic blanket (one that sheds water)
  • Nonperishable food (energy bars are a good choice)
  • Water (replace every six months)
  • Gloves (two pairs: disposable latex if you need to render first aid; warm and wooly for putting on tire chains)
  • Boots
  • Cell phone charger (that plugs into your car's accessories socket)
  • Tire chains
  • Ice scraper/snowbrush
  • Jumper cables
  • Flares or warning triangles
  • Sand, salt, or non-clumping cat litter to help with traction
  • Antifreeze and windshield washer fluid
  • Fire extinguisher
  • First aid kit (that includes a seatbelt cutter)
  • Whistle to signal for help. (A potential lifesaver if your car slides into a ditch and can't be seen from the road.)

Want more carry-along tips? Check out 10 glove-compartment essentials on the PEMCO in the Northwest blog.

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