Safety & Accident

Video Safety Tip: Packing a Winter Emergency Kit

November 01, 2015

VIDEO: Winter Emergency Kit

On Wednesday, Oct. 28, Minnesota received its first snowfall of the season – nearly 2 inches just west of Bemidji. And, of course, Daylight Saving Time came to an end on Sunday, Nov. 1. There’s no denying that harsh winter weather is just around the corner, so now is a good time to remind fleet drivers to pack a winter emergency kit in the trunk so they’re prepared for the worst.

To watch a video offering tips on how to assemble such a kit, click on the photo or link below the headline.

AAA recommends that drivers include the following items:

  • Bag of abrasive material (sand, salt, cat litter) or traction mats
  • Snow shovel
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Window washer solvent
  • Ice scraper with brush
  • Cloth or roll of paper towels
  • Jumper cables
  • Extra warm clothing (gloves, hats, scarves)
  • Blankets
  • Warning devices (flares or triangles)
  • Drinking water
  • Non-perishable snacks
  • First-aid kit
  • Basic toolkit (screwdrivers, pliers, adjustable wrench)
  • Mobile phone and car charger pre-programmed with rescue apps and important phone numbers including family and emergency services.

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