What to pack in your car to survive a winter storm
So what should you have in your car in case you're trapped on a Canadian highway in fridgid weather for more than a day?
Below is the list of items the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) recommends drivers pack in case of sudden, sustained stops in winter weather. It seems like a lot, but chances are that none of the hundreds of drivers trapped on Highway 402 (some for more than 24 hours) will head out on winter roads again without most or all of these items on board.
The list was repulished in a report from Transport Canada on winter safety and driving. It also contains pointers on avoiding skidding and keeping your exhaust pipe clear (to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning) if you are running your car for heat.
For your trunk:
A shovel, sand or kitty litter (to create traction on ice), traction mats, tow chain, compass, cloth or roll of paper towels, warning light or road flares, extra clothing and footwear, emergency food pack, booster cables, matches and a “survival” candle in a deep can (to warm hands, heat a drink or use as an emergency light), fire extinguisher, extra windshield washer fluid, fuel-line antifreeze, reflective vest.
For inside the car:
Road maps, ice scraper and brush, flashlight, first-aid kit and a blanket (special “survival” blankets are best,” according to the CAA)