Winter in Canada has arrived, so it’s time to make sure that you have the ultimate winter safety kit. No matter where you live in Canada, winter weather can strike at any time and often without notice. Whether on the road or at home, snow, wind and ice can take down trees and create dangerous conditions. In order to be prepared, make sure you have a winter safety kit inside both your car and your home. Our guide to the ultimate winter safety kit will assist you in riding out even the worst of winter weather conditions.
DOCUMENTS FOR YOUR WINTER SAFETY KIT
For starters, you should have all of your relevant documents in one place. For your car kit, this includes copies of your insurance papers, license and other important documents. At home, you should have your IDs, home insurance and all other relevant documents. While it’s not always possible to put all your docs in one place, you can make photocopies of them as an alternative. Or even better: Drivers in Ontario now have the option to show digital proof of insurance when required to present it thanks to the introduction of electronic car insurance pink slips.
GEAR TO INCLUDE IN YOUR WINTER SAFETY KIT
A few pieces of gear in the event of an emergency can make or break you getting home or riding out a winter storm. The biggest threat in the winter is the cold drop in temperatures, so that’s a prime consideration. Another major consideration. of course, is staying safe. In snowy conditions, it can be difficult for other cars to see you (especially if you’ve had an accident,) so your winter safety kit will come to your rescue. At home, if a rescue crew needs to find you, having gear to make their job easier is crucial. Suggested items can be found below:
- Warm clothing
- Pull-on snow pants
- First-aid kit
- First-aid kit
- Jumper cables
- Portable tool kit
- Sleeping bag
- Road flares
- USB battery bank to charge your smartphone
- Container of gas
- Tow straps
Once you’re warm and safe, consider sustenance that will help you survive. Winter safety kit suggestions include non-perishable food items (think granola and protein bars!), water in plastic bottles, and melting agents. Products like salt, sand, and windshield washing fluid can really help you if you’re in a bind. All of these winter safety kit items will help you survive an uncomfortable period of time without power or being able to move your car.
We’ve also asked Kelly Williams (Kelly’s Garage)—automotive expert and the only woman to compete in Canada’s top stock car series for 10 years—to explain how to be prepared for winter and what to do if you ever get stuck on the side of the road.