With winter weather comes the season of dangerous road conditions. Freezing rain, ice and snow can make it life-threatening just to restock your kitchen. Thankfully, many items can make it safer to travel on icy roads. Some of these items are preventative, such as ice scrapers and snow brooms. Others, such as heated blankets and signal flares, are meant to save you once an emergency has already set in.
Some of the best items for preventing emergencies are:
Some of the best items to use once you've found yourself in an emergency are:
This ice scraper can be stashed in your glove box and forgotten about until you need it. It has an ice-breaking tip on the handle to smash up stubborn, thick ice so you can scrape it away.
This two-pack of snow brooms lets you keep one in your car and one at home. The handle is detachable and works as an ice scraper. It comes in orange, red and blue.
This set of tire chains can be put on cars with limited clearance, plus you don't have to move your car to get them on. They come in 17 sizes to fit cars, pickups and SUVs.
This snow shovel comes in a carrying case and can collapse to save space in your car. It also comes with an ice scraper. It comes in five colors.
This 25-pound bag of rock salt can help melt snow and ice to free your spinning tires in temperatures as low as 5 degrees. The bag also has a handle to help you move it.
Magnesium chloride is an alternative to rock salt that's better for the environment, but more expensive. This 15-pound bucket includes a scoop to help you spread it around.
These cables come in a mix of seven sizes and gauges, the smallest being 12 feet and 10 gauge and the largest being 25 feet in one or two gauge.
This charger works in the same way, only it offers two USB-A ports and comes with a USB-A to USB-C charging cable. It comes in black or rose gold.
The head is one of the primary areas where heat escapes the body. It's crucial to keep your head covered in something warm. This beanie is simple and fits anyone.
The other primary area where heat escapes the body are your feet and ankles. These socks are extra-thick and warm to counteract that. They come in two sizes and five colors.
This LED flare kit includes two flares that last up to 36 hours with fresh AAA batteries, two stands to place them upright on the road or the top of your car, and a case to keep them in.
This first aid kit includes 150 pieces, such as bandages, iodine prep pads, alcohol pads, gauze, tweezers, safety pins, cotton swabs, scissors and a first aid booklet.
Beef jerky is an excellent emergency nonperishable food as it's nutritious, and the need to chew heavily gives you something to do while you wait for help. This pack includes 12 flavors.
This pack includes five cases, each containing 40 16.9-fluid-ounce bottles. Keep one in your car and the rest at home in case you're snowed in with a loss to your water supply.
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