How to Prepare for Severe Winter Weather – Winter Weather Gear For Your Car

By | December 23, 2014

Cold Weather Can Be a Killer

Snowy Roads Winter WeatherIt is that time of the year again.  The snow has already flown, and the icicles are forming. It is the time of year that always, without fail, leads me to wonder, “Do people know how to prepare for severe winter weather?”  

If you would say that you do not know this skill, I would caution you to learn because cold weather really can be a killer.  You’ll want to be able to rely upon yourself (self-reliance) to face the sometimes unpredictable scenarios that can come from wind, snow, ice, and freezing temperatures.  

Winter Weather Gear For Your Car

In this post, I want to focus on a few simple steps that you can take to prepare yourself for severe winter weather as it relates to your automobile.  Think about it.  Where do you expect to be when you’ll actually really need to use the preps that you have?  Your house is likely already stocked with essentials.  Your place of employment will probably be able to offer shelter and warmth.  But your car might get stuck in the snow and ice, leaving you vulnerable to the bitter cold.

In this scenario, you are going to want at least three basic things.  You’ll want warmth, food/water, and the ability to communicate.  It would be even better if you added mobility to that list, but we’ll assume that you’ll be stuck and therefore unable to drive to shelter.


I recommend always keeping a couple of warm blankets in your trunk.  I like polyester/fleece type blankets for their ability to insulate.

Food and Water

It is a good idea to keep some long-lasting food and water in the trunk.  I recommend using water bottles that are not completely full so they won’t expand too much during the freezing winter nights.  

Some food ideas include jerky, like my personal favorite Tillamook Honey Glazed, and protein/carb bars.  Start out small–enough food and water to survive for a few days.  Build up your stores as time goes on.  If you don’t end up using them before they’ll expire, they make great travel snacks for when you’re on the road during vacation.


When it comes to communication, the most important step is to make sure that people know where you are going if you are traveling.  Tell a family member and/or close friend where you are going and the route you will take.  

Tell them that you will arrive at a your destination by a certain time and to expect a call from you to let them know you arrived safely.  Tell them that if you don’t arrive by a certain time then they should look for you.  This is a great way to mitigate against any potential disasters.  Family members and close friends will be likely to notice if you are missing, so alerting them to where you’ll be can help in the rescue efforts, if rescue is needed.


For tips about saving money on heating costs during winter, please read 10 Winter Home Heating Hacks That Will Save You Money

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