All you need is to keep some items close at hand to safely get out of difficult situations.

Essential items to keep in the front

  • Snow brush and ice scraper
  • Blanket
  • First-aid kit 
  • Paper towels
  • Flashlight 
  • Maps 
  • Non-perishable food (dried fruit, granola bars, etc.)
  • Bottled water 
  • Warm clothes: caps, scarfs, mitts, boots
  • Cellphone and fully charged spare battery

Essential items for the trunk

  • Shovel
  • Booster cables 
  • Traction aid equipment
  • Ice melter or abrasive (salt, gravel, sand, cat litter)
  • Extra windshield washer fluid 
  • Antifreeze
  • Emergency candles and matches 
  • Road flares 
  • Fire extinguisher

Before you leave and on the road

Before you leave, take the time to check the weather and road conditions. Don't underestimate the reported conditions: if you hear that conditions are bad, stay where you are. What if you absolutely need to travel? Map out your route, let someone know when you're leaving and tell them when you expect to arrive. Before you get going, remove all the snow from your vehicle.

Drive safely. Keep a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front and monitor traffic movements. And, no matter what happens, it's important to stay calm. Remember: slow and steady wins the race. It’s better to arrive late than not arrive at all!